2022 VT Riparian Buffer Practitioners' Meeting Archive

Welcome to the 2022 VT Riparian Buffer Practitioners' Meeting archive! You can access the full schedule of presentations, with more detailed descriptions of sessions and individual talks, here. To watch a video of a session, see "Watch video" links below. Some presentation slides have been shared--those are linked from their descriptions.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Session 1 - introductions & Partner Updates       Watch video

  • Meeting background, logistics, and structure - Alison Adams
  • Various brief partner updates (Todd Menees, VT DEC, provided the slides for his update)

Session 2 - Updates on direct seeding and site prep work       Watch video

  • Annalise Carington (Conservation Innovation Grant Project Director, Vermont Land Trust)
  • Pete Emerson (Fisheries Biologist, VTFWD) & Dr. Fritz Gerhardt (Conservation Scientist, Connecticut River Conservancy)

Session 3 - The role of mycorrhizae in riparian forest restoration       Watch video

Session 4 - Managing riparian areas for pollinators, birds, and other biodiversity      Watch video

Session 4 - Act 76 updates      Watch video

Session 5 - Buffers & Profitable Agroforestry Opportunities for the Lake Champlain Basin     Watch video

  • Audrey Epp Schmidt (Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Propagate), Mandy St. Hilaire (Project Resource Manager, Propagate), Teddi Stark (Watershed Forestry Program Manager, Pennsylvania Dep’t of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry)

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Session 1 - Herbaceous competition and invasives: from phragmites to knotweed to stone mulch       Watch video

  • Kelly Stettner (Black River Action Team)
  • Dr. Simon Pearish (Associate Professor of Biology, Norwich University)
  • Ben Machin & Bill Musson (Redstart Consulting)

Session 2 - Managing emerald ash borer in riparian forests       Watch video

Session 3 - In-stream restoration and strategic woody additions       Watch video       

Session 4 - Finding new and creative ways to fund projects       [No video]

  • Discussion led by Alison Adams (Watershed Forestry Partnership)