Stroud Water Research Center works hand in hand with landowners, helping them use their land more effectively through whole-farm planning and watershed stewardship. The Robin L. Vannote Watershed Restoration Program enables our expert team to set up the collaborations and partnerships necessary to achieve the highest level of freshwater conservation. A couple of our cooperating landowners have been profiled recently by Lancaster Farming; take a few moments to learn how these partnerships are working for them.
Getting the Most Out of Her Pastures
In 2016, Deanne Boyer of Willow Run Farm in Berks County, Pennsylvania, collaborated with the Watershed Restoration Group at the Stroud Center, Berks County Conservation District, and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to help improve her pasture system and plant a streamside forest buffer of 550 native trees and shrubs.
Lancaster Farming checked in with Boyer in their recent article, Willow Run Embraces Conservation.
From a Muddy Ditch to a Healthy Stream
Phil Good raises heifers on 130 acres in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania that he bought in 2017. Installing agricultural best practices has led to a transformation of the stream that runs through his farm. Next up: in an agreement brokered by Red Barn Consulting, Good will plant 10 acres of streamside forest buffers using vouchers from the Stroud Center and funding from USDA’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program and Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Good shared some thoughts with Lancaster Farming in Advice From a Conservation-Minded Farmer.