Hanna announces Riparian Forest Buffer grant award in Clinton and Centre counties

HARRISBURG, March 8 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, announced today that Native Creations Landscape Services received a $94,750 grant from the Riparian Forest Buffer Grant Program. This funding is administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.


Hanna said Native Creations Landscape Services will use the funding to construct approximately 16 acres of multi-functional riparian forest buffers along waterways in the West Branch Susquehanna River Watershed located in both Centre and Clinton counties. Work will include landowner outreach and engagement, buffer plantings and post-planting establishment, and project sign and other related site improvements.


"Riparian forest buffers improve local water quality and wildlife habitat and reduce nutrient and sediment pollution,” Hanna said. “This grant will allow Native Creations Landscape Services to better protect our waterways.”


DCNR’s Riparian Forest Buffer Grant Program provides financial assistance to identify locations in need of riparian forested buffers and to design, establish, monitor and maintain those buffers.


Pennsylvania has a goal of planting 95,000 acres of stream buffers by 2025. Maintaining and restoring buffers along rivers and streams is a key strategy for improving water quality and aquatic habitat. Through two previous grant rounds, DCNR has provided nearly $1.4 million statewide for stream buffers. Buffer grants also are available in the current open grant round, which closes April 11.


For more information visit http://www.dcnr.pa.gov.