RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Gov. Ralph Northam announced the launch of the James River Buffer Program on Friday.
The James River Buffer Program is a first of its kind program for the James River Association in combination with the Virginia Department of Forestry to help improve the water quality of the James River.
It will establish over 900 acres of “riparian forested buffers” in the Middle James region of the river. A riparian forested buffer means planting native trees along creeks and streams to help filter out pollutants and halt erosion. The more buffers, the cleaner and healthier the James River will be.
There are several existing federal and state programs that help landowners plant native trees along creeks and rivers that run through their property. But this program will reach people who aren’t eligible for or didn’t want to participate with those programs.
If you own property inside the green outline on this map, you are eligible! That’s a LOT of counties.
Ms. Ellis says this is a really big thing for landowners.
“There are many program that help with installation of buffers but then the landowner has to take care of it,” said Ellis.
State Forester Rob Farrell says, “One of the great things about this partnership is how it allows us to meet people where they are. We all need clean water and healthy communities to thrive and this project puts our experts on the ground to work one-on-one with landowners and help them create solutions that fit with their unique circumstances.”
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