Meeting Archive:
2019 May 15: Developing Business Models for Working Forest Riparian Buffers

Meeting Description:

Robust scientific evidence from decades of research demonstrates the effectiveness of forested riparian buffers in mitigating water pollution from agricultural runoff. Many grant programs support farmers to plant forested buffers along streams to mitigate this source of pollution. But even with grant support, many farmers can't afford to take land out of production, especially small family farmers.


The webinar will explore a developing idea: riparian buffers that are also working forests. Funders are invited to participate to discuss the following:

  • How farmers can earn income from forested riparian buffers without compromising the buffer's conservation function
  • The potential for working buffers to be aggregated across multiple farms, offering a spectrum of management options for landowners
  • What state and federal programs exist that could support the development of working buffers.


The webinar will highlight organizations in Pennsylvania (the location of the 2019 SAFSF Forum!) and beyond that are working to break down the structural barrier between conservation and profitability in agriculture.

Date: Wed, May 15, 2019
Time: 03:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Host(s): SAFSF
 Presenter Information
Chris Kieran
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senior program associate, Watershed Protection, William Penn Foundation 

Gary Bentrup
research landscape architect, USDA National Agroforestry Center

Tracey Coulter
agroforestry coordinator, Bureau of Forestry, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

Brion Johnson
executive director, PENNVEST

Jeremy Kaufman
co-founder, Operations and Design, Propagate Ventures