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How to Plant a Small Containerized Seedling in a Riparian Forest Buffer

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Watch step-by-step instructions on how to plant a tree in a riparian forest buffer and protect it from deer, rodents, and flood damage to increase survivability.

Stone mulch at the base of a sheltered tree, protecting it from rodent damage.

Stone Rivals Herbicides as New Method to Protect Baby Trees From Rodents

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During the first five years of growth, young trees need to be protected from chewing — from deer above and rodents below.

Cover crop coach Steve Groff shows what is left of cotton underwear after being buried for 60 days.

Dirt Diaries: Soil Health Campaign Drives Underwear Digs Across Pennsylvania

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For the past two months, the soil life — worms, small insects, bacteria, fungi — has been chomping away at the 100% cotton underwear.

Delaware River Watershed Initiative — Phase II Monitoring, Evaluation, Scientific Support, and Capacity Building for Watershed Protection and Restoration Projects

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This project collects and interprets data on macroinvertebrate specimens from stream sites to provide a baseline for the evaluation of goals defined for restoration and protection projects funded by the…

Delaware River Watershed Initiative — Phase II Monitoring, Evaluation, and Scientific Support for Protecting and Restoring Places of Ecological Significance (Brandywine-Christina, Middle Schuylkill, Schuylkill Highlands Clusters)

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Professional and volunteer monitoring of chemistry, macroinvertebrates, and fish to support restoration and protection efforts represent an invaluable (and often neglected) tool to evaluate short- and long-term progress toward conservation…

Evaluating How Conventional, Conservation, and Organic Farming Management Practices Enhance Soil Health and Improve Water Quality

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This project investigates how different agricultural management practices influence water quality and soil health. Using Rodale Institute’s 37-year-old Farming Systems Trial and a recent transition to organic farming at the…

Evaluating the Risk for PFAS Contamination of Surface and Groundwater Through Application of Biosolids in Agroecosystems

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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are a group of thousands of chemicals that are used in a wide range of industrial applications and represent a risk to human health. They…

Agricultural Best Management Practices and Forested Buffers for Chester County Focus Areas

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This project implements agricultural conservation practices on three Plain sect farms in the Honey Brook, Pa., area. Funded by: Pa. Department of Environmental Protection Project Lead: Matthew J. Ehrhart Collaborators:…

Agricultural Best Management Practices and Forested Buffers for Lancaster Focus Areas

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This project implements whole-farm conservation on all four farms in the catchment of a very small unnamed tributary to Pequea Creek in Lancaster County, Pa. The farmers are undertaking comprehensive…

Agricultural Best Management Practices and Buffers for Middle Schuylkill Focus Area

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Farmers receive assistance to plan and implement at least 80 agricultural best management practices (BMPs) on the condition that they also install forested buffers on their streams. Funded by: National…