As we enter the dog days of summer and try to beat the heat by taking a swim in a lake or river, keep in mind that we are not the only ones trying to keep cool.
by Anne Marie Roberts
This humid, rainy weather reminds me of the jungle and what plant is the quintessential jungle plant? Vines! Walking along streams and through the woods lately it appears that the only vines I see are the invasive species.
by Deya Ramsden, VDOF
What comes to mind when you picture a riparian buffer? Maybe you picture hardwood seedlings in tree shelters. Or perhaps you picture the finished product of a lush green tree canopy over a stream (that’s what we strive for!) The following mini-guide is meant to present some additional types of riparian buffer to expand your view of what a riparian buffer planting can be. I’ll present the common species used in each type of buffer and highlight some of the management features. When working with the James River Buffer Program, the riparian buffer restoration manager from the James River Association or Forester from the Virginia Department of Forestry can help you create a buffer that suites your location and meets your land management needs. I hope you find this guide useful and that it sparks your imagination when planning a riparian forest buffer.
Traditionally most of us see Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of summer. If you are one of the millions of Americans who chose to get out and hit the water during your holiday weekend, we hope you took a minute to appreciate the trees.
The James River Association (JRA) had a strong Spring planting season!
JRA regularly incorporates these A’s into our programs: Awareness, Appreciation, Action, and Advocacy. In response to the COVID 19 pandemic we’ve had to add another “A” into our work: Adaptation. JRA was able to adapt our business as usual like many of you, which allowed us to still complete our streamside forest restoration work this spring! Over 29,000 trees were planted on 75 acres of riparian buffers along waterways in Amherst, Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna and Nelson Counties.
By Deya Ramsden, Virginia Department of Forestry
In February, the winter forest may not appear to be particularly active. However, below ground, the soil remains dynamic in temperate forests even when outdoor temperatures are chilly. In a mature forest, the soil is made up of a complex mix of tree roots and a community of fungus, microbes and good bacteria.
The soil organisms are vital for breaking down organic matter so nutrients are available for uptake by the tree roots and to sustain the community itself. The soil bed maintains at a fairly comfortable temperature year-round. Even if above grounds temperatures are below freezing, soil temperatures never drop below 30˚F. In addition, the deeper layers of soil maintain even higher temperatures.
Deya Ramsden, Middle James River Forest Watershed Project Coordinator, Virginia Department of Forestry.
A graduate of Oregon State University (OSU) with a B.S. in Natural Resources, Deya spent the last ten years with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Early in her career she performed urban natural areas restoration with the Natural Resources Group. Recently she served as a Borough Forester in the boroughs of Staten Island and Queens, working to balance public safety and urban development with the preservation of the City’s mature street trees.
by Joey Shelton, James River Association
Be an ambassador for change in 2020 by becoming a Riparian Steward!
The Riparian Stewards program is a new volunteer opportunity offered by the James River Association. Dedicated volunteers are needed to assist JRA staff, other volunteers and landowners in planting trees along waterways and providing ongoing maintenance for the next three years.
Riparian Stewardship Coordinator, James River Association
I was born in Richmond and grew up In Chesterfield County. I spent my weekends camping, fishing, and paddling the James River with Boy Scouts, and as a teen spent many summer days at Pony Pasture and Belle Isle. I graduated from Longwood University with a degree in History, and spent five years working for Virginia State Parks.