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Forest Buffers

Forest buffers, or the trees, shrubs and other plants that grow along rivers and streams, are critical to the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Forest buffers prevent pollution from entering waterways, stabilize stream banks, provide food and habitat to wildlife, and keep streams cool during hot weather. Learn more information about forest buffers by going to the Forest Buffer Issues page. For more information on forest buffer efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, go to the Planting Forest Buffers page or visit the Publications tab on the Forestry Workgroup page.


Forest Buffer Continually increase the capacity of forest buffers to provide water quality and habitat benefits throughout the watershed. Restore 900 miles per year of riparian forest buffer and conserve existing buffers until at least 70 percent of riparian areas throughout the watershed are forested.

Lead Goal Implementation Team(s)

Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)

Lead Workgroup

Forestry Workgroup

Partner Goal Implementation Team(s)

Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)

Participating Partners

State of Delaware
District of Columbia
State of Maryland
State of New York
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Commonwealth of Virginia
State of West Virginia
Chesapeake Bay Commission
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
National Park Service (NPS)
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

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