Magazine article American Forests

Jad Daley, Vice President of Conservation Programs

Magazine article American Forests

Jad Daley, Vice President of Conservation Programs

Article excerpt

AS A FORMER RESIDENT OF Vermont and the new Vice President of Conservation Programs at American Forests, I was excited to join a field tour in July to visit new American Forests tree planting projects in the Green Mountain State, designed to curb polluted farm runoff that is fouling beautiful Lake Champlain. Cue the blue skies and puffy white clouds, green mountains and idyllic farms dotted with cows!

While most of American Forests' tree planting helps create large blocks of forest, the projects in Vermont are testing a new innovation--planting skinny forests along stream corridors as they cross farms.

Why is this important? Vermont's Lake Champlain is like a mini-Great Lake that touches multiple states and stretches into Canada. The lake is at the receiving end of rivers covering most of Vermont, ones that run through the state's beautiful farms. Farms can generate a lot of polluted runoff to these rivers from cow manure, fertilizer for fields of feed corn and other sources. Combine that with a big water body like Lake Champlain and it creates major pollution problems.

That is where American Forests' skinny forests strategy comes in. …

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