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Watershed Restoration Resources

Fact Sheets

Landowner Guide to Success

Landowner Guide to Buffer Success
Publication with activities by season to ensure buffer success. Includes tips to save time and improve outcomes, photos with informative captions, and a summary of how trees help streams.


Recommended Riparian Trees and Shrubs for Southeastern Pennsylvania
See a list of more than two dozen species that are reliable selections for our area. Consider higher proportions of fast growing pioneer species to reduce maintenance demands.


Tips for Successful Riparian Forest Buffer Planting and Establishment
There are many ways to plant a buffer, but consistent tree care is crucial to tree establishment. Read tested techniques for planning, preparing, planting, and maintaining a forest buffer.


Why Tree Shelters Are Important to Successful Riparian Buffers
Learn how tree shelters protect new trees, what to consider when choosing a tree shelter, and the best way to install bird netting on your shelters.


Websites

Pennsylvania Soil Health Coalition logo
Helping landowners and tenants build agreements that enrich soil and protect natural resources.

Watershed Restoration Publications

Visit the Watershed Restoration Publications page to see frequently-requested publications by Stroud Water Research Center scientists and other organizations and individuals.


Additional Resources

Tips for Cover Cropping Success
Tips for Cover Cropping Success
The Stroud Center sponsors a series of cover cropping articles written by Steve Groff, a cover crop researcher and owner of Cover Crop Coaching. ... Read More
How Many Trees Does It Take to Protect a Stream?
How Many Trees Does It Take to Protect a Stream?
A literature review by the Stroud Center concluded that forest buffers should be at least 30 meters, or nearly 100 feet, wide to adequately protect streams ... Read More
In Support of Streamside Forests: Understanding the Challenges and Becoming Part of the Solution
In Support of Streamside Forests: Understanding the Challenges and Becoming Part of the Solution
Each tree helps prevent pollutants from entering our water supplies and provides lasting benefits of shade, beauty and the natural habitat essential to a healthy ecosystem ... Read More
Where Rivers are Born: the Scientific Imperative for Defending Small Streams and Wetlands
Where Rivers are Born: the Scientific Imperative for Defending Small Streams and Wetlands
The natural processes in headwater systems benefit humans by mitigating flooding, maintaining water quality and quantity, recycling nutrients, and providing habitat for plants and animals ... Read More

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