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Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge Riparian Reforestion Project

Year Planted: 1999
Trees Planted: 19,950
Location: Maryland

By planting 19,950 riparian tree species, this project established 29 acres of forest on the shoreline of Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Four agricultural fields adjacent to the Chester River and the Chesapeake Bay were reforested. By restoring the riparian buffer this project will filter nutrients from runoff that has harmed the Bay ecosystem for decades. The buffer area will also provide travel corridors for terrestrial species of wildlife and breeding, feeding, nesting and migratory resting areas for neotropical migrants. A focal point of the project will be the expansion of habitat for the Delmarva fox squirrel, an endangered species. To complete this project American Forests partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Chesapeake Bay Field Office and the Eastern Neck Refuge.

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