“The JRBP effort has relied on strong partnerships with landowners, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Virginia Outdoors Foundation, and Virginia Department of Forestry,” said JRA’s Senior Watershed Restoration Manager Amber Ellis, in a news release. “We are excited to continue those efforts and expand the program with CBF as a key leader in our headwaters.”
Starting in January, CBF will launch the JRBP in the Upper James. The program directly pays for all project costs, including design, site preparation, materials, installation, and three years of establishment support. There is no out-of-pocket cost to the landowner. The Upper James work will prevent nearly 200,000 pounds of sediment pollution from entering the James River and Chesapeake Bay each year, and substantially reduce nitrogen and phosphorus pollution.
“The hundreds of acres of new forested buffers created under this program will lead to cleaner rivers and streams, more wildlife, and greener pastures,” said CBF Virginia Executive Director Peggy Sanner, in the release. “We are deeply grateful to VEE for this important opportunity to expand work in the Upper James River watershed, which will ultimately have lasting benefits for farmers, landowners, and waterways across a large part of Virginia.”
The program will supplement existing programs, filling a need for many landowners. CBF will partner with organizations like Trout Unlimited, local soil and water conservation districts, and others to provide landowners with the ability to make informed choices about how to best increase streamside forests.