Riparian Buffer Planting - Monocacy River Watershed (Israel Creek)

Saturday, November 7, 2020
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Frederick County, MD


After a long and unusual spring and summer, fall is here, which means it's time to plant trees with CBF! Join us on a Saturday morning for one of our Farm Stewardship events along Israel Creek. Help plant over 1,000 trees and shrubs on a livestock farm in Frederick County.

The farmer has installed fencing to widen a grass buffer along the stream and volunteers will restore this area to a forested stream buffer. Approximately 5,000 feet of stream banks will be planted, resulting in five acres of new riparian buffer. This is phase three of the planting. Six acres were planted in the fall of 2016 and five acres were planted in the fall of 2017. The farm is a regenerative grass-based farm, where animals are rotationally grazed on pastures. This helps improve sequestration of carbon in the soil, helping to remediate climate change.

We love trees — they provide food and shelter for wildlife, provide cleaner air and cooler temperatures, increase property values, sequester carbon, and reduce polluted runoff. These plantings are critical to our clean water efforts — capturing and filtering out pollution before it enters our streams and tributaries, and helping alleviate flooding through stabilizing the soil.

This event is suitable for adults and families. Plan to dress for the weather, as this event is outdoors and will be held rain or shine. Bring shovels, work gloves, a reusable water bottle, and lunch. We will have a limited number of clean gloves and shovels available at the site, and light snacks and water bottle refills will be available.

COVID-19 Precautions:

  • All participants and staff are required to wear CDC-approved masks. Neck gaiters and bandannas are not allowed as acceptable face coverings for any CBF activity.
  • We will sanitize all CBF equipment prior to volunteer use and upon return.
  • We like all of you, but let’s do our best to keep our distance to 6-10 feet — for our safety and yours.

Space is limited, register now! Please keep in mind that to enable safe social distancing we will be limiting the number of volunteers who can participate in this event. Only register if you intend to participate on the day of the event.

If you have questions, please contact David Tana at

This project is part of CBF’s partnership with WGL Energy and Sterling Planet to sequester carbon through restoring forested stream buffers. The Frederick County Soil Conservation District provided technical assistance on the stream crossings and water troughs for the livestock. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation provided funding for the stream fencing and part of the water troughs. WGL Energy and Sterling Planet provided funding for the plant material.

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