Two new websites are now available to help those working to plant and protect trees throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Pennsylvania is connected to these efforts through its Forest Buffer and TreeVitalize efforts.
The Chesapeake Riparian Forest Buffer Network and Chesapeake Tree Canopy Network-- both launched through partnerships between the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Forestry Workgroup, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service-- were created to help communities meet their forest buffer and tree canopy goals.
Forest buffers are considered one of the most cost-effective practices for reducing pollution because of their ability to efficiently trap and filter pollutants carried by runoff.
Trees in urban and suburban communities provide an array of benefits, including: cleaning the air; reducing polluted runoff; providing shade; and enhancing quality of life.
For more information, visit the Chesapeake Riparian Forest Buffer Network and Chesapeake Tree Canopy Network websites.(Reprinted from the March 22 DCNR Resource newsletter. Click Here to sign up for your own copy.)