A weekly blog for all things conservation
Riparian Management Pays
By: Nathan Dewing, Agricultural Team Leader, Bradford County Conservation District
Life is drawn to water. We all can relate to that. Land bordering waterways and waterbodies is teaming with life. Riparian is a term literally meaning “riverbank”, or land beside the water. How we manage our riparian land has far reaching effects. Therefore, the conservation district gives considerable attention to equipping landowners to manage them well.
Current focus on the Chesapeake Bay watershed is opening many opportunities for landowners wishing to improve riparian areas, including grant funding, plant materials, and more.
An Excerpt from Pennsylvania’s Nutrient Management Program
Nutrient management traditionally has been concerned with optimizing the economic returns from nutrients used to produce a crop. More recently, nutrient management also has begun to address ways to minimize the negative impact of nutrients on the environment.
Programs such as the Chesapeake Bay Program and the Nutrient Management Act in Pennsylvania have focused attention on improving nutrient management on Commonwealth farms.
By: Kristin Pepper, Dirt & Gravel Road Specialist, BCCD
BCCD participates in the state-wide Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Program (DGLVR) which provides funding for environmental improvements and reduced long-term maintenance of our network of dirt and gravel roads. Since its formation in 1997, the program has helped Bradford County municipalities improve approximately 70 miles of dirt and gravel roads. Each year BCCD recognizes a handful of those municipalities that stand out above the rest in various categories.
Various staff at the Bradford County Conservation District