WT4 Field Trip: "Explore Riparian Buffer Areas"

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Riparian buffer areas are one of the best practical measures for protecting ground water resources. Fort Lewis Lodge has designed, installed and maintained some of the most conservation-minded riparian buffers in the Cowpasture River Valley.
 
Join John Cowden, the owner of Fort Lewis Lodge, and John Wright, Area Forester from the Virginia De-partment of Forestry, as you tour sections of the Fort Lewis Lodge property where these conservation practices have been put into place as part of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). You will visit a 10-year old tree planting site, as well as a one-year old site that is in the process of being prepared for a Fall planting. Reasons why certain species were recommended for planting will be dis-cussed. Details of CREP requirements and benefits will also be explained. In addition, you will learn how Fort Lewis Lodge has excluded cattle from all of their waterways via this government program.
 
RSVP to Lynne Griffith at directorcrpa@gmail.com, or call 540-620-7795. We have room for 20 attendees. Anyone who RSVPs after that will be put on a waiting list in the event of a cancellation.
We will meet at the front of Fort Lewis Lodge and then caravan to two separate areas on the property grounds. Lemonade, tea and cookies will be provided.