Nearly 20 years ago, Bay cleanup leaders determined that the path to a healthy Chesapeake Bay was one lined with lush corridors of healthy trees.
After two years of study, the state-federal Bay Program partnership in 1996 set a bold goal of planting 2,010 miles of streamside, or riparian, forest buffers by 2010.
That goal seemed to stretch what was possible, yet the region met and surpassed that challenge by 2002, making it a national leader in promoting riparian forests, something that has become a touchstone for stream restoration efforts across the nation.[Continue Reading]
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