Two-step application process
If you meet the criteria at lower right, there is a simple two-step application process:
Once application is accepted, a staff member will contact you to set up a site visit to see the land, analyze the site and discuss your priorities. A buffer design plan will be created and you will have the opportunity to review before installation. Planting occurs during February-April and November-December. Some locations may need site preparation before planting can occur. We will evaluate the buffer for the first three years and provide maintenance, as needed, to help establish a healthy streamside forest.
Each buffer project is unique. The implementation time of your buffer project will depend on your individual site plan. There are two planting seasons each year: Fall runs from November to December and Spring runs from February to April. We will implement your project within the earliest possible season.
4 criteria for application
Wondering what other streamside programs are out there and who to contact? Explore the Streamside Program Report tool, created by the Chesapeake Conservancy for landowners in the James River watershed.