To combat these issues, a plan was made to remove the shrubs, brush, and plant various trees in the area. Elodie Roger, who owns Origins Environmental Services, one of Farmland Advantage’s restoration partners, explained how these new plantings would combat streambank erosion, “In the winter with high water velocity, the bank tends to collapse in the absence of root masses in the ground. So, by planting the riparian area with deep-rooted species, we provide the riparian zone with a chance to survive these winter events and to preserve their ecosystem services.”
Jill and Chad cleared the area in preparation for the restoration work, which Elodie and her team completed. Together, Elodie and her crew planted over 180 trees in the area, which will help to stabilize the bank as they grow. Jill was pleased with the work, saying, “I’m really impressed with how many trees they were able to pack into this small area. I can’t wait for them to grow up and just fill this space with more beauty.”
Looking ahead, ShoreWolf Farm is committed to monitoring and nurturing the newly established trees to ensure their growth and survival. Jill and Chad will safeguard the plantings from potential threats, such as browsing deer, and plan to utilize water from the creek for irrigation. The successful completion of the project highlights the effectiveness of the program’s collaborative approach.
With the support of Farmland Advantage and its restoration partners, Jill and Chad have proactively restored the riparian zone on their property by addressing concerns about invasive species and streambank erosion. Farmland Advantage is a testament to the importance of local initiatives in fostering resilience and sustainability within our watersheds and communities.