New Partnership To Help Farmers Dig Into Conservation Planning

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An offer for farmers from two of Chester County’s biggest conservation supporters continues to aim at planting a new crop of pro-environment construction projects.

The Stroud Water Research Center’s Watershed Restoration Group teamed up last year with the Chester County Conservation District to provide research-based technical assistance and funding for plans that could help cultivate land improvements like “livestock management infrastructure and stream-side forested buffers,” according to a report in The Coatesville Times. “Forested buffers act as natural filters, improve water quality, minimize erosion and provide habitats for fish and other wildlife.”

The plans offered include “conservation plans, manure management plans, Mushroom Farm Environmental Management Plans, forested stream buffers and other best management practices.”

“This agreement formalizes what has already been a very productive relationship and spells out how we will bring together our different, but complementary, skills and resources,” Stroud Director of Watershed Restoration Matthew Ehrhart said in the article.

“I anticipate that Stroud Center’s water quality research combined with the Conservation District’s technical expertise will achieve great benefits for area farmers as well as for our environment,” Conservation District Director Christian Strohmaier added.

Read more about the partnership and resources available to local farmers in The Coatesville Times here.

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