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Backyard Buffer Program Washington County, Maryland Emilie Cooper Watershed Forester Western Maryland RC&D [email protected] Backyard Buffers Project Overview. Backyard Buffers? History WMRC&D BYB Survey Opportunities. Backyard Buffers: What?.

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Backyard Buffers Project Overview

  • Backyard Buffers?
  • History
  • WMRC&D BYB
  • Survey
  • Opportunities
backyard buffers what
Backyard Buffers: What?
  • Conservation– Watershed protection

Education – Information and contact

Beautification – Trees in the ground

  • Assistance program for small property landowners to plant native trees and shrubs along waterways on their property.
backyard buffer beginnings
Backyard Buffer Beginnings
  • 2002 - Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Lake Linganore Watershed- drinking water reservoir for the City of Frederick
  • Increased participation
    • 2003 (32) 2008 (115)
wmrc d approach
WMRC&D Approach
  • Funding
    • Chesapeake Bay Trust Mini-grant
    • 2007 & 2008
  • Landowners- Wash Co.
    • Tax office
    • Brochures
  • Tree Supply
    • Maryland DNR Forest Service Nursery
washington county
Washington County
  • 2007
    • 69 participants
  • 2008
    • 89 participants
  • How to Locate landowners:
  • Tax office direct mailings
  • Brochure
  • Newspaper Advertisement
  • Word of mouth
what do you get
What do you get?

Buffer-in-a-bag

  • 25 bare root seedlings
  • 5 native species
  • Terra-sorb material

Example trees and shrubs used: hazelnut, redbud, pin oak, green ash, winterberry, elderberry, persimmon

what do you get8
What do you get?

Packet of information

  • Care and maintenance
  • Riparian buffer importance
  • Additional resources (SCD, ACWA, DNR)
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What do you get?

Tree Tubes

  • needed for deer management
  • used from old CREP plantings
  • Included list of stake suppliers in packet
2008 survey
2008 Survey
  • Recommended by CBT
  • Sent to 69 landowners
    • (2007 participants)
  • Completion required for 2008 trees
  • 38% return
survey results
Survey Results
  • 55% average survival
  • Reason for mortality- deer and drought
  • Most landowners would have taken more trees
  • All would recommend BYB to others
  • What should they have done… mow, deer protection, water, and mark with a flag
  • Trees they would like to get – willow, dogwood, sycamore, oak, serviceberry
successes and future
Successes and Future
  • Trees in the ground
    • Appx. 7,000 trees and shrubs
    • < 8 acres
  • Made direct contact with landowners
  • Increased education
  • Re-use tree tubes
  • Future Ideas
    • Newspaper write-up
    • Possible program for volunteer group
      • Example AWA – Buffer-in-a-box
      • Bag varieties- Wildlife cover, bird lovers…
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Thanks!

Emilie Cooper

Western Maryalnd RC&D

Coordinator- Tim Hann

P.O. Box 489, Funkstown, MD 21734

301-733-2973

www.wmrcd.org

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