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Protecting Forests for the Long Haul . Potomac Conservancy’s approach to improving water quality through forest conservation. 2006-2010 Strategic Goals:.

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protecting forests for the long haul

Protecting Forests for the Long Haul

Potomac Conservancy’s approach to improving water quality through forest conservation

2006 2010 strategic goals
2006-2010 Strategic Goals:
  • Water Quality: Reducing water pollutants, particularly sediment and nutrients, and preventing or reducing the impact of new pollution sources
  • Scenic Beauty: Protecting the most significant and threatened scenic landscapes
  • Recreation: Expanding and enhancing responsible river-based recreation
2006 objectives
2006 Objectives:
  • Identify the most critical watersheds for the purpose of reducing sediment and nitrogen pollution.
  • Improve water quality by reducing nonpoint source pollution on working lands in targeted watersheds
  • Identify and advocate for sustainable funding sources that support improvement and protection of water quality
water quality and working lands
Water Quality and Working Lands
  • Focus on highly threatened lands critical to water quality
  • Work directly with landowners to develop a comprehensive management plan
  • Catalyze local leadership in targeted sub-watersheds to ensure long-term oversight of projects (e.g. forest landowners informational cooperative)
goods from the woods approach
Goods from the Woods Approach
  • Forest Stewardship Plan
  • Restoration (funded primarily through State and Federal programs)
  • Niche products & marketing (e.g. ginseng)
  • Permanent protection (working forest easements)
mt pleasant farm
Mt. Pleasant Farm
  • 106-acre sheep farm
  • 40 acres of forest, 64 acres of open pasture
  • 1 mile of frontage on Cedar Creek
  • Adjacent to Cedar Creek Battlefield
  • Goals: utilize best management practices for water quality and farm efficiency, protect for future generations, attract wildlife.
whole homestead management
Whole Homestead Management
  • 8 acres in CREP, alternative watering source, fencing
  • Forest managed through a Forest Stewardship Plan
  • Purchased Easement (State, Federal and private)
working forest easements
Working Forest Easements
  • Encourage landowners to continue to manage or timber their forest in accordance with a Forest Stewardship Plan
  • Incorporation of forest management goals (e.g. maintenance of forest canopy, maintenance of water quality, enhancement of wildlife habitat)
  • Require protection of riparian forest for water quality
future of land conservation
Future of land conservation…
  • Sustained, secure funding for protection of working lands
  • Incentives for management of working forests to benefit water quality
  • Partnership and coordination between forestry and land conservation community