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Berks County Conservation District Plants Multifunctional Buffer

Screenshot from video of the buffer at

This project was funded by PACD’s Multifunctional Riparian Buffer Sub-grant for Conservation Districts program

Berks County Conservation District (BCCD) recently planted a multifunctional riparian buffer along Tulpehocken Creek in conjunction with a stream stabilization project. The buffer included 520 live stakes, 208 shrubs, and 82 trees planted over approximately 1.1 acres. All trees and shrubs outside of the immediate floodway (regular high-water mark) were installed with tree tubes and wood stakes. Trees in the floodway did not receive shelters due to flooding and debris concerns.

BCCD created before and after videos as part of the project and are working on developing a video presentation for the entire project.

Video Link Before Planting:

Video Link After Planting:

Pennsylvania’s conservation districts are encouraged to apply for funding to install multifunctional buffers in conjunction with landowners. Click here or email Amy Brown at for more information.

Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.