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									Sleepy Creek Watershed
  Association Riparian
    Planting Project

                Gale Foulds,
     Sleepy Creek Watershed Association

               Barbie Elliott,
     West Virginia Conservation Agency



   Riparian Areas Resources and Strategies
              December 3, 2008
              Morgantown, WV
                       Planning
   2004: Total Watershed Assessment
         – Percentages of landuse
         – Geology
         – Soils
         – Climate
         – Water Quality
         – Cooperative agreement with EPCD and Shepherd
           University
         – Partnered with NRCS and CVI for mapping and aerial
           photos

   2005 Streambank Survey of Lower half of
    SC, the main stem w/o tributaries

   2006:Streambank Survey in the 2
    tributaries that make up the headwaters
                        Design
   Asked for technical assistance
    – Stream: ACF and Mid-Atlantic Chapter of
      International Erosion Control Association

    – Trees: WVDOF
        Helped  to determine species for first 2 plantings.
        SCWA chose the most successful trees from the last
         3 plantings.
        Forester educated SCWA Board on layout for the
         planting site and assisted with flagging the site for
         auguring.
        Enlisted forester to demonstrate proper tree planting
         technique.
                     Bell 2006
   1st opportunity to utilize Chesapeake Bay Funds.
    Using streambank survey results, 3 sites were
    ranked for a possible streambank stabilization
    workshop.

   After consultation with erosion specialists the
    Bell site was chosen.
    – 10 foot Bio-Logs made of coconut fiber were used to
      stabilize the eroding bank.
    – 450 feet of coir fiber matting was installed along the
      stream bank and then seeded with grass to aid in
      revegetation.

   After stream stabilization, partnered with EPCD
    on a Forestry workshop to establish a 35 foot
    wide riparian buffer the entire length of the
    project.500 trees and shrubs were utilized.
Bell Project 2006
    2nd site Lynch Summer 2006
   1st Sleepy Creek Project Team Site:
    – Under the Chesapeake Bay Program, West
      Virginia's Potomac Tributary Strategy
      Implementation Committee allocated $5,000
      for stream bank stabilization.
    – Site was chosen due to visibility, landowner
      cooperation and budget match.

   100 feet of streambank stabilization
    – Articulated Concrete Block
    – 1 Log Vane
    – Planted 73 trees within the riparian area.
Lynch Project 2006
                   2007 Projects
   Stream Partners Grant and NPS 1209
    Funds: $4,000.00

       Dawson   Farm had an active hay producing field and
        the buffer was not adequate. Installed 220 trees,
        1,000 linear feet by 35 feet wide

       Staubert   Farm was chosen based upon need for bank
        stabilization and landowner cooperation:45 Trees,
        200 feet by 35 feet

       Tree   planting using 2-3 gallon pots
2007 Projects
       2008 Sleepy Creek Bend
   Chosen in conjunction with a Natural Stream
    Restoration Project that was done by the WVCA.
    Site chosen due to channel braiding and erosion
    of bank near a state road.

   High priority site when funds were made
    available.

   Stream Partners: $2,500 for riparian planting.
    – Creek Bend: 145 trees on 385 linear feet with a 35 foot
      buffer.
 2008
Sleepy
Creek
 Bend
             Volunteers
 HOW:
 – Active Board of Directors
 – Averaging 20-30 volunteers for each
   project
 – Publicity in local newspaper, watershed
   newspaper and word of mouth
    Monitoring and Maintenance
 Check sites for health of trees
 Replace tubes as needed

 Did not set up watering plans

 Planting times are important

 Nursery Stock is important

 Education is important to
  landowner
          Lessons Learned
 Continue building and expanding
  partnerships
 Build support from local businesses
 Plant more in fall, due to dry summers
 Consider deer pressure (deer browse)
 Augur holes in advance
 Deliver trees prior to event
 Provide supplies (Tools, tubes and mulch)
  on site
 BE ORGANIZED!

								
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