This project planted 5,000 trees to create riparian buffer zones in the Long Green Creek Watershed, whose waters eventually flow into the Chesapeake Bay. This watershed faces a serious threat of commercial and residential development from neighboring urban areas, including Baltimore City. Additionally, a breeding bird survey also documented that the watershed supports some habitat for neotropical migratory birds, but habitat fragmentation limits the viability of breeding populations. The project had two objectives: a) By planting trees, reforest riparian corridors in the Long Green Creek watershed to improve water quality, aquatic habitats, and provide habitat for neotropical migratory landbirds and other wildlife; b)engage additional landowners to improve water quality and reduce habitat fragmentation by installing riparian buffers. The Long Green Creek Conservancy has already initiated protection of natural resources by assisting landowners to establish conservation easements on 500 acres with another 300 acres pending completion. This project of American Forests was completed in cooperation with the Long Green Creek Conservancy, Eco-Science Professionals, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and many volunteers.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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