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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 Buffer ProgramWashington County, Maryland Emilie CooperWatershed ForesterWestern Maryland RC&[email protected]


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Backyard Buffers Project Overview

  • Backyard Buffers?

  • History

  • WMRC&D BYB

  • Survey

  • Opportunities


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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.


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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)


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WMRC&D Approach

  • Funding

    • Chesapeake Bay Trust Mini-grant

    • 2007 & 2008

  • Landowners- Wash Co.

    • Tax office

    • Brochures

  • Tree Supply

    • Maryland DNR Forest Service Nursery


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Washington County

  • 2007

    • 69 participants

  • 2008

    • 89 participants

  • How to Locate landowners:

  • Tax office direct mailings

  • Brochure

  • Newspaper Advertisement

  • Word of mouth


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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


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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


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2008 Survey

  • Recommended by CBT

  • Sent to 69 landowners

    • (2007 participants)

  • Completion required for 2008 trees

  • 38% return


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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


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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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