Location: Hartman Run, York County PA (Northeastern School District below Shallow Brook Intermediate School)
Partners Involved: Penn State Extension, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Northeastern School District
Type of Buffer: Urban
Submitted by: Jodi Sulpizio
We began planting this 20 acre riparian buffer in Oct. 2019. We are planting in three phases. Phase 2 and 3 will complete the project this Oct. Covid slowed up the planting. We had a big kick-off event in 2019 and students grades 3-12 helped plant the first phase. Community leaders were in attendance and Secretary of DCNR, Cindy Dunn, planted the first tree. The community also helped plant the following day.
The school district mows an incredible amount of land and were mowing right up to the edge of Hartman Run (about one mile from the Susquehanna River). The creek has steep cut banks with lots of erosion. This buffer will help reduce staff time mowing, will save resources, will improve water quality and by involving hundreds of students and community members, many people learned about the importance of trees in riparian areas. It also provides endless educational opportunities for the school district. Several school buildings are within walking distance.
It has been a very positive project. We look forward to wrapping it up in a few weeks. (Project funded by grants through DCNR) Some of the photos were taken by John Pavoncello.
This post Is part of the first annual CCLC Riparian Buffer Month.
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