Watershed Forestry Partnership

Future Forests for Clean Water

The Watershed Forestry Partnership facilitates research, communication, collaboration, and implementation of forest restoration and management practices that protect water resources in the Lake Champlain basin. We are a collaborative of practitioners, researchers, agency representatives, and others, who share best practices, new information, and coordinate efforts around funding opportunities and basin-wide restoration strategy. We are currently focused on riparian forest restoration as a key strategy to achieve water quality goals and provide other important benefits.

The Watershed Forestry Partnership is funded by UVM Extension, Lake Champlain Sea Grant, American Forests, PUR Projet, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, and UVM alumnus Bruce Lisman.

News and highlights from our partners

CREP Returns! - September 2020

After a 2.5-year hiatus, the Vermont CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program) is once again enrolling new projects! The program plants riparian forest buffers on land that is currently in agricultural production. Landowners who enroll in the program receive up-front incentive payments, as well as annual rent payments for the duration of the 15-year contract. the Farm Service Agency (FSA) covers 90% of the installation cost, and Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) can cover the remaining 10%. Where needed, FSA and PFW will cover 100% of the cost for fencing, stream crossing, and watering infrastructure for grazing livestock.

CREP can provide some income for land that might be less productive, and/or help landowners install needed infrastructure, like fencing, for grazing livestock. But what are the other benefits of installing a riparian forest buffer? There are many! Buffers can benefit water quality; provide wildlife habitat and cool waterways for stream organisms; provide important carbon storage to help stabilize our climate; stabilize streambanks, and more! Read more about the benefits of riparian forest buffers here.

For more information or to inquire about enrolling in CREP, please contact ben.gabos [at] vermont.gov or phillip.wilson [at] vermont.gov.

Check out our Fall 2020 newsletter (PDF) here!

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If you would like to be on our mailing list to receive information about upcoming events or webinars, or to simply be part of the conversation, you can go to the UVM public list archives and search for “Watershed Forestry”, or send an email command (“subscribe watershedforestry FirstName LastName”) to listserv [at] list.uvm.edu from the email address where you want to receive the emails. Alternatively, you may contact Alison Adams, Watershed Forestry Coordinator, at alison.adams [at] uvm.edu. We also help maintain a Google Group for practitioners working in the Missisquoi basin to connect around riparian buffer planting work; if you're interested, please contact Alison at the above email address to ask to join!