Why celebrate trees? Trees are remarkable
both in design and function. And when
planted along streams they become highly
effective pollution-reducing superstars.
A little more than 15 years ago, CBF and
partners set out to work with farmers in
northern Pennsylvania to improve local
water quality. Forty-one farms participated
and thousands of trees were planted,
stretching along thirty-six miles, or 430
acres of streamside property.
In time, those trees, called streamside forested buffers, will have many benefits. Their
roots will filter pollution before it reaches
the water. Their branches and leaves will
provide shade, cooling water and making
fish happy. And once fully grown, they’ll
provide habitat for birds, frogs, and many
other lovable critters.
Planting trees along streams
is one of the least expensive
ways to improve local farms
and water quality.
Streamside forested buffers will also help
us meet our state clean water blueprint
goals. And, of all the ways to invest in
clean water, planting trees along streams
is one of the least expensive ways to get the
CBF’s Pennsylvania stream restoration team
works closely with the state U.S. Department
of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA)
and the Natural Resource Conservation
Service (NRCS)—CBF partners in on-farm
water-quality improvement efforts.
Together, we have planted nearly 2,000 miles
of streamside forested buffers in Pennsylvania.
These buffers will reduce pollution locally
and downstream in the Bay.
Stephanie Eisenbise manages CBF’s program
and knows the value of these partnerships,
“No one group or agency can do it alone, but
together, we can improve local rivers and
streams and Pennsylvania’s farms.”
CBF recently honored FSA and NRCS staffs
for their dedication to clean water by awarding them CBF’s Golden Tree and Golden
Cow awards. The awards were presented at
CBF farmer workshops in Wysox (Bradford
County) in February and in Centre Hall
(Centre County) in March. Between the two
workshops, over 150 people gathered to
learn more about how streams function and
ways we can all protect them.
To read more about CBF’s Pennsylvania
restoration program, the recent workshops, and
farm success stories, visit cbf.org/Pennsylvania.
CBF Restoration Specialist Ashley Spotts, former CBF intern Heidi Benard, and Lancaster County Watershed Specialist Matt Kofroth work together to
improve water quality by planting trees along Mill Creek in Lancaster County.