May 01, 2018
Chesapeake Bay Program Forestry Workgroup's BMP Verification Guidance
This section describes guidance on how to verify the existence and performance of forestry BMPs in the Bay watershed. It has been revised since the 2014 version to incorporate comments and also to reflect the high-resolution imagery...
A Guide for Forestry Practices in the Chesapeake TMDL Phase III WIPs
The Forestry Workgroup created “A Guide for Forestry Practices in Chesapeake TMDL” to help localities, conservation agencies, community groups, states, and others planning and implementing best management practices (BMPs) during the...
January 01, 2018
Riparian Forest Buffer Management Strategy
This management strategy identifies approaches for achieving the following outcome: Continually increase the capacity of forest buffers to provide water quality and habitat benefits throughout the watershed. Restore 900 miles per year...
November 07, 2016
Recommendations of the Expert Panel to Define BMP Effectiveness for Urban Tree Canopy Expansion
June 30, 2015
Urban Tree Canopy Management Strategy
This management strategy identifies approaches for achieving the following outcome: Continually increase urban tree canopy to provide air quality, water quality and habitat benefits throughout the watershed. Expand urban tree canopy...
September 01, 2014
Chesapeake Working Lands Conservation Strategy
A joint publication of the U.S. Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
May 12, 2014
Forest Buffer Status Paper
A report on the progress and challenges of restoring riparian forest buffers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
April 20, 2015
Recommendations of the Expert Panel to Reassess Removal Rates for Riparian Forest and Grass Buffers Best Management Practices
January 01, 1997
Restoring a Bay Resource-Riparian Forest Buffer Demonstration Sites
The use of demonstration sites for riparian forest buffer establishment is one way to help accomplish the objectives of communication, education, and monitoring. The riparian forest buffers in this document are located in...
March 01, 1996
Conserving the Forests of the Chesapeake: The Status, Trends, and Importance of Forests for the Bay's Sustainable Future
This report reviews the most current data on the status and trends of forests in the states of the Chesapeake watershed. The report begins with an historical perspective of land use changes in the basin from the time of European...
December 01, 1996
Forestry Best Management Practices in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Tracking Accomplishments
Documents 1996 levels of monitoring carried out by Bay jurisdictions for the purpose of tracking forestry Best Management Practices implementation and effectiveness.
November 11, 2000
Forests and the Bay
How riparian forests contribute to the protection, restoration, and stewardship of the Bay Watershed.
November 11, 2001
Conserving Forest in the Developing Landscape
Overview of forest conservation issues: Growth management; distribution and fragmentation, integration in land use planning, regional perspective, riparian forests, and economic viability.
September 01, 2006
The State of Chesapeake Forests
This first-of-its-kind report synthesizes more than a decade's worth of data from public and private sources, highlights current forest conditions, forecasts future trends, and outlines key goals and strategies necessary to conserve...
July 01, 1997
Forestry Best Management Practices and Water Quality in the Piedmont and Ridge and Valley Provinces of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
A literature review was conducted to determine the effectiveness of forestry best management practices (BMPs) in reducing water quality impacts of forestry management operations within the Piedmont and Ridge-and-Valley of the...
November 11, 2001
Forested Riparian Zones and their Benefit to Anadromous Fish in Chesapeake Bay
Riparian forests are essential interfaces between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. They intercept surface runoff, subsurface flow and deeper ground water flows for purposes of removing or buffering effects from nutrients,...
June 01, 1998
Chesapeake Bay Riparian Handbook: A Guide for Establishing and Maintaining Riparian Forest Buffers
The purpose of this handbook is to provide professional land managers and planners with the latest information on the functions, design, establishment and management of riparian forest buffers.
July 01, 2004
Riparian Forest Buffers: Linking Land and Water
Riparian lands provide a wealth of ecological benefits. For example, trees along the shoreline help to filter pollutants and sediment from runoff and groundwater before they enter the waterways. Trees also provide important habitat...
January 31, 1993
The Role and Function of Forest Buffers For Nonpoint Source Management in the Chesapeake Bay Basin
This article discusses elements of the relationship between forests and water quality in the context of the forest buffer.
November 10, 1995
Riparian Forest Initiative
Through the efforts of the USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area, and its partners in the Forestry Workgroup, a riparian forest initative has brought more focus on the need to better manage riparian areas and to recognize forests...
December 31, 1996
Riparian Forest Buffers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Riparian forests are integral to the health of the Bay and its rivers for many reasons. Their position in the landscape makes these forests excellent buffers between upland areas and waters that eventually enter the Bay. Riparian...
August 01, 1996
Forest & Riparian Buffer Conservation: Local Case Studies from the Chesapeake Bay Program
This publication is a collection of case-studies that highlight accomplishments of local governments and citizen organizations to recognize the importance of forests to their communities and to take action to retain and restore those...
October 01, 1996
Final Report of the Riparian Forest Buffer Panel
This report contains the principal findings and recommendations of a Chesapeake Executive Council-appointed panel on riparian forest buffers. Background material which describes in more detail the technical basis for the...
June 01, 2005
Riparian Forest Buffer Design and Maintenance
Riparian forest buffers are essential components of maintaining long-term stream and watershed health and resilience in the Chesapeake Bay region. Riparian forest buffers also provide valuable ecological functions for wildlife habitat...