NorthWoods Stewardship Center and Craftsbury Academy Restore Stream Banks Along the Black River

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Craftsbury Academy student Lily Dunbar, at left, and CA graduate Kaila Pennock help NorthWoods plant trees along the Black River earlier in the spring.

EAST CHARLESTON -- This September the NorthWoods Stewardship Center will partner with Craftsbury Academy to to identify properties in need of stream bank restoration along the Black River and its tributaries. This project, supported in part by funding from the Northern Forest Center, USDA Rural Development, and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, will educate landowners about the areas of natural vegetation covering the banks of a stream, or 'riparian buffer', which are essential to maintaining stream health and property value.

"Students will have a chance this fall to continue their work towards stream improvement by approaching landowners with at-risk property fronting the Black River and educating them about the value of restoration programs," said Craftsbury Academy teacher Karl Stein.

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