Working Buffers

Working Buffers

Forested buffers along streams help keep water clean and cool – important for fish, wildlife, and humans. β€˜Working buffers’ is a program that allows farmers to widen this forested buffer without losing farmable ground by combining agriculture and trees together. Tree crops such as fruits, nuts, and timber are combined with understory crops such as berries, floral industry greens, mushrooms, and livestock forage. The farmer benefits in many ways including diversification of products, increased soil health, pollinator habitat, and protection against flood damage. Our environment benefits through better water quality, improved wildlife habitat, and added carbon sequestration. 

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