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Restoration of Streamside Forest for Improving Water Quality

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

Planting trees along the stream corridors is a best management practice for keeping pollutants out of streams and improving their health.

  • 2013: In collaboration with the Brandywine Conservancy and Dansko, Inc., the Stroud Center planted about 985 trees along a portion of the East Branch of the White Clay Creek, which is part of a Pennsylvania-designated Exceptional Value watershed, and installed more than 500 tree shelters on two acres of riparian land. Also in 2013, a collaborative effort with the Brandywine Conservancy involved planting trees at four different locations involving four local municipalities (East Bradford, East Brandywine, Franklin, and Pennsbury) as a best management practice for keeping pollutants out of local streams and improving their health. The projects involved about 3,600 trees planted by more than 630 volunteers.
  • 2012: In collaboration with the Brandywine Conservancy and Dansko, Inc., Stroud Water Research Center planted about 600 trees along a portion of the headwaters of the east branch of the White Clay Creek, which is part of a Pennsylvania designated exceptional value watershed, and installed 600 tree shelters on two acres of riparian land.
  • 2011: This collaborative effort with the Brandywine Conservancy involved the proactive planting of 6,935 trees on 22 acres of land involving six different landowners.

Funded by:

  • 2013: White Clay Creek Wild & Scenic Rivers Management Committee Program, PA DCNR TreeVitalize Program in partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
  • 2012: White Clay Creek Wild & Scenic Rivers Management Committee Program
  • 2011: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection TreeVitalize Program

Principal Investigators:

  • 2013: Bernard W. Sweeney and David Wise; Wes Horner (Brandywine Conservancy)
  • 2011-2012: Bernard W. Sweeney

Project Years: 2011, 2012, 2013

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