Where Do Riparian Forest Buffers Fit into Directive 06-1? “Potential “ Riparian Forest Buffer Goals. The Directive Emphasizes “….conservation of forest lands most critical to water quality…. ”. Here the focus will be the first bullet from the Directive:
Where Do Riparian Forest Buffers Fit into
“Potential “ Riparian Forest Buffer Goals
The Directive Emphasizes “….conservation of forest lands most critical to water quality….”
Here the focus will be the first bullet from the Directive:
The Objective of Proposed Riparian Forest Buffer Goals
Goal 1. CONTINUE THE EXPECTED ANNUAL RESTORATION RATE OF
900 - 1000 MILES BEYOND 2010.
Why 900 miles past 2010?
Approximately 288,000 total miles of streams and shorelines in Bay watershed (Penn State data revised in 2005).201,600 miles represent 70% of shorelines and streams
167,040 miles represents already 58% forest buffers
187,200 miles of buffer needed for 65% of streams and shorelines
167,040 miles (current 58% buffered)
20,160 miles to reach the 65% minus 10,000 mile goal 2010 = 10160 miles left
at current expected rate of restoration the end timeline is 2020.
Goal 2:PERMANENTLY PROTECT 50 % OF RESTORED FOREST BUFFERS IN TARGETED WATERSHEDS BY 2020.
GOAL 3. ENHANCE AND STRENGTHEN 2003 MONITORING EFFORTS FOR FIRST FIVE YEARS OF IMPLEMENTATION, FOR ALL NEWLY RESTORED RIPARIAN FOREST BUFFERS UNDER PERMANENT PROTECTION
Goal 4. COMMIT TO AN INCREASE OF CANOPY COVER AND REDUCTION OF IMPERVIOUS COVER IN ONE URBAN COMMUNITY IN EACH STATE