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1 Protecting Forests for the Long Haul Potomac Conservancys approach to improving water quality through forest conservation

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3 Strategic Goals: Water Quality: Reducing water pollutants, particularly sediment and nutrients, and preventing or reducing the impact of new pollution sources Water Quality: Reducing water pollutants, particularly sediment and nutrients, and preventing or reducing the impact of new pollution sources Scenic Beauty: Protecting the most significant and threatened scenic landscapes Scenic Beauty: Protecting the most significant and threatened scenic landscapes Recreation: Expanding and enhancing responsible river-based recreation Recreation: Expanding and enhancing responsible river-based recreation

4 2006 Objectives: Identify the most critical watersheds for the purpose of reducing sediment and nitrogen pollution. Identify the most critical watersheds for the purpose of reducing sediment and nitrogen pollution. Improve water quality by reducing nonpoint source pollution on working lands in targeted watersheds Improve water quality by reducing nonpoint source pollution on working lands in targeted watersheds Identify and advocate for sustainable funding sources that support improvement and protection of water quality Identify and advocate for sustainable funding sources that support improvement and protection of water quality

5 Water Quality and Working Lands Focus on highly threatened lands critical to water quality Focus on highly threatened lands critical to water quality Work directly with landowners to develop a comprehensive management plan Work directly with landowners to develop a comprehensive management plan Catalyze local leadership in targeted sub- watersheds to ensure long-term oversight of projects (e.g. forest landowners informational cooperative) Catalyze local leadership in targeted sub- watersheds to ensure long-term oversight of projects (e.g. forest landowners informational cooperative)

6 Goods from the Woods Approach Forest Stewardship Plan Forest Stewardship Plan Restoration (funded primarily through State and Federal programs) Restoration (funded primarily through State and Federal programs) Niche products & marketing (e.g. ginseng) Niche products & marketing (e.g. ginseng) Permanent protection (working forest easements) Permanent protection (working forest easements)

7 Mt. Pleasant Farm 106-acre sheep farm 106-acre sheep farm 40 acres of forest, 64 acres of open pasture 40 acres of forest, 64 acres of open pasture 1 mile of frontage on Cedar Creek 1 mile of frontage on Cedar Creek Adjacent to Cedar Creek Battlefield Adjacent to Cedar Creek Battlefield Goals: utilize best management practices for water quality and farm efficiency, protect for future generations, attract wildlife. Goals: utilize best management practices for water quality and farm efficiency, protect for future generations, attract wildlife.

8 Whole Homestead Management 8 acres in CREP, alternative watering source, fencing 8 acres in CREP, alternative watering source, fencing Forest managed through a Forest Stewardship Plan Forest managed through a Forest Stewardship Plan Purchased Easement (State, Federal and private) Purchased Easement (State, Federal and private)

9 Working Forest Easements Encourage landowners to continue to manage or timber their forest in accordance with a Forest Stewardship Plan Encourage landowners to continue to manage or timber their forest in accordance with a Forest Stewardship Plan Incorporation of forest management goals (e.g. maintenance of forest canopy, maintenance of water quality, enhancement of wildlife habitat) Incorporation of forest management goals (e.g. maintenance of forest canopy, maintenance of water quality, enhancement of wildlife habitat) Require protection of riparian forest for water quality Require protection of riparian forest for water quality

10 Future of land conservation… Sustained, secure funding for protection of working lands Sustained, secure funding for protection of working lands Incentives for management of working forests to benefit water quality Incentives for management of working forests to benefit water quality Partnership and coordination between forestry and land conservation community Partnership and coordination between forestry and land conservation community

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