The 170 acre Moxley Farm sits on the west bank of the Monocacy River and consists of several agricultural fields, open fields used for pasture and a pond. An interdisciplinary team recommended discontinuation of grazing and more area returned to forest land. This project planted 27,000 mixed native riparian species on 20 acres of the available 56.7 acres of riparian, wetland, and upland area. Included in the demonstration is the use of a variety of planting designs and deer protection techniques, to allow documentation of the relative effectiveness of the techniques. The site itself will be used for farm tours and professional workshops. Restoration of this area would help reduce fragmentation and create native habitat for birds and animals, improve water quality for water that eventually flows into the Chesapeake Bay and stabilize erodible fields. This project involved the cooperation of many organizations besides American Forests, including the Maryland DNR Forest Service, USDA NRCS, University of Maryland Coop. Extension Service, Frederick County Planning Department, USDA Farm Services Agency (CREP) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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