The Implementing Precision Conservation in the Susquehanna River Watershed project team is pleased to announce the launch of our new Conservation Opportunity Area Prioritization Tool. First, we identified 43,833 individual “conservation opportunity areas” in Clinton and Centre Counties in Pennsylvania. In a January 2017 workshop in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania, we asked 28 local practitioners:
“What does it mean for riparian forest buffer restoration to give us the biggest bang for the buck?” Click here for a summary of the workshop.
In short, restoration should yield the greatest water quality and wildlife benefits. We then developed a prioritization methodology to rank the conservation opportunity areas based on characteristics including:
- Exceptional Value/High Quality enhanced flow paths
- Bird habitat
- Karst features
- Area of agriculture, impervious surface, and turf grass within the drainage area that runs off through the conservation opportunity area into the enhanced flow path
- Soil erodibility
We are now looking for project partners who are moving forward with riparian buffer implementation in 2017 to help us test our prioritization methodology.
- Stream must have perennial flow.
- We will consider riparian buffer plantings that are done this spring or summer as long as no-in stream work is occurring or has occurred.
- Please contact any interested landowners and share with them the landowner fact sheet below.
- If the landowner is interested in meeting with the project team, please contact Adrienne Gemberling at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-372-4762 to discuss disclosure forms and scheduling a site visit.
- We are drafting a Precision Conservation Monitoring Agreement now–highlights include:
- 3-10 year contract between the project team and Landowner(s) that will enable data collection for the Precision Conservation Project.
- Contract would enable project team staff to visit the property to conduct water monitoring activities and perform equipment maintenance as needed.
- Equipment and installation costs will be paid project team and not the landowners.
- Landowners will not be liable for injury or accidents that occur at monitoring location sites.
Click here for more information on the Implementing Precision Conservation in the Susquehanna River Watershed project. We look forward to hearing from you!