Riparian Buffers

Historic Poole Forge Riparian Buffer      

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 Riparian Buffer along the Conestoga Greenway and River

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The term riparian buffer describes lands along the banks or floodplains of streams where vegetation is influenced and impacted by the presence of water.  The Lancaster County Conservancy created riparian buffer signage, a brochure, and educational materials through a William Penn Foundation Grant. These  educational resources will be used to teach the public —children and adults— about riparian buffers in their communities and what we can do to care for our waterways. The Conservancy will continue to partner with the Lancaster Farmland Trust, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Lancaster Conservation District, local townships, and other organizations to promote healthy waterways throughout Lancaster County.

Example Signage 1
Example Signage 2
Example Signage 3
Cleaning our Waterways Puzzle
Nature Treasure Hunt Example

The Lancaster County Conservancy’s Urban Greening and Stewardship programs recently completed a half acre riparian buffer along the Conestoga Greenway and River in the Southeast of Lancaster City.  

See this video to learn more about the project.

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