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Wye Island Riparian Buffer

Year Planted: 2000
Trees Planted: 7,500
Location: Maryland

Planting 7,500 trees in the Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area will assist in shoreline stabilization. Planting sites on the Wye East and Wye River watershed were all previously active agricultural lands that were removed from cultivation to meet the Maryland DNR's mandate for a 100 foot buffer between cultivated lands and any water. This project will improve water quality through the reduction of nutrient loads and run-off and by reducing soil loss from erosion. Additional benefits include increased wildlife habitat, travel corridors and enhanced riparian buffers with native species and expanded diversity. There will specifically be an expanded habitat for the Delmarva Fox squirrel. This area will be used as a living classroom to show how these enhancements to public land improve the qulaity of life for everyone. In addition to American Forest this project was also made possible by the Maryland DNR, the Chesapeake Bay Trust and volunteers.


This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.

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