Maryland Restoration Events

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September-November 2017

Forest Buffer Restoration

Did you know forested streamside buffers (a.k.a. "riparian buffers") have been scientifically proven to be the most effective and least costly best management practice for preventing pollution of our rivers and streams? Help us restore these valuable resources.

Monocacy River Watershed

Saturday, October 7, 2017
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Frederick County, MD

Registration Required

Come help CBF plant more than 1,000 trees and shrubs along Israel Creek on a beef cattle farm in Frederick County. The farmer recently installed additional fencing to widen a grass buffer along the stream and volunteers will restore this area to a forested stream buffer. Approximately 5,000 feet of stream banks will be planted resulting is five acres of new riparian buffer. Israel Creek is in the Monocacy River watershed, which flows to the Potomac River then to the Chesapeake Bay.

This is phase 2 of the planting—six acres were planted in the fall of 2016.

The farm is a regenerative grass-based farm, where cattle are rotationally grazed on pastures which help sequester carbon in the soil, helping to remediate climate change.

This project is part of CBF's partnership with WGL Energy and Sterling Planet to sequester carbon through restoring forested stream buffers. The Frederick County Soil Conservation District provided technical assistance on the stream crossings and water troughs for the cows. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation provided funding for the stream fencing and part of the water troughs. WGL Energy and Sterling Planet provided funding for the plant material.

Antietam Creek Watershed

Saturday, October 21, 2017
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Washington County, MD

Registration Required

CBF has been working on farm stewardship projects in the Antietam Creek watershed for more than 15 years, fencing cattle out of streams and restoring stream side forest buffers. Orcino Farms is one of those projects. The farm is converting over 100 acres of cornfields to permanent pasture to establish a rotational grazing operation for beef cattle. The water well, water troughs, and cattle stream exclusion fencing are under construction.

CBF and volunteers planted more than 1,200 trees on six acres along Little Antietam in the spring. Come help us with the final stages of restoring the floodplain by planting 1,000 native trees and shrubs.

Project Partners include the Washington County Soil Conservation District, Antietam- Conococheague Watershed Alliance, the Antietam Fly Fishers and Hood College.

Catoctin Creek Watershed

Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Frederick County, MD

Registration Required

Help CBF plant more than 800 trees on a beautiful, diversified farm that grows organic vegetables, 100-percent grass fed beef, pastured pork, and pastured poultry.

But planting isn't the only thing on the day's agenda. The Barnett's purchased this 140-acre farm a little over a year ago. They have converted corn fields to permanent pasture for their multi-species grazing operation and have constructed hoop houses to grow organic vegetables.

  • Join us for a farm tour to see sustainable agriculture in practice and learn more about it first hand.
  • After the tour, purchase items grown on the farm and place your order for a pastured turkey in time for Thanksgiving!
  • Chesapeake Buy Fresh Buy Local food guides, Amazing Grazing Directories, as well as the Consumer's Guide to Pastured Based Meats and Dairy calendars will be distributed at the event.

This project is part of CBF's partnership with WGL Energy and Sterling Planet to sequester carbon through regenerative agriculture, converting cornfields to pastures for rotational grazing and restoring forested stream buffers.

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