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Master Watershed Stewards Hosting Public Riparian Buffer Planting

by Penn State Extension

Master Watershed Stewards Hosting Public Riparian Buffer Planting

The Master Watershed Stewards of Berks and Schuylkill counties would like to invite the public to join us at Cacoosing Meadows Park (3286 State Hill Road, Reading, PA 19608) on Saturday, September 25, 9:00 a.m. (storm date: Sunday, 9/26) in planting a riparian buffer. We will be planting a total of 90 native shrubs along Cacoosing Creek and additional volunteers are needed to help with this effort. We will start planting at 9:00 a.m. and work until each shrub is properly planted and installed with a weed barrier mat and wire fencing. The initial holes will be pre-dug with an auger, but we will need to widen the holes for proper planting. Please bring your own shovels and gloves.

This riparian buffer is unique because it will act as a live stake plant nursery. Live stakes are simply branch cuttings from specific trees and shrubs that, when branches are properly inserted into eroded or exposed soil, will eventually take root and grow into new trees or shrubs stabilizing creek or streambank and preventing further soil loss. Planting live stakes is a low cost and easy way for residents to make improvements along their backyard stream. Once the nursery is established, Penn State Master Watershed Stewards and their partners will be able to harvest branch cuttings to help restore other streamside banks throughout Berks and Schuylkill counties. The Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward (MWS) program of Berks and Schuylkill counties is pleased to be partnering with the Township of Spring and the Berks County Conservation District on this exciting project.

We need lots of extra hands to help with this installation! If you can join us, please either sign up here (http://tinyurl.com/2021-09RiparianBufferPlanting) or email or call Natalie Marioni at [email protected] or 610-378-1327.

If you would like to learn more about live stakes, stream health, or how to get involved as a Master Watershed Steward in Berks or Schuylkill counties, contact Natalie Marioni at [email protected] or 610-378-1327.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us at 610-378-1327 in advance of your participation or visit.