Natural Lands - the magazine of Natural Lands spring-summer 2020 issue - Page 11

NATURAL LANDS . SPRING/SUMMER 2020 9 stretch of streams at Bryn Coed. The massive re-forestation project to convert 64 acres from marginal farmland to woods will sequester carbon for years to come and exemplifies a natural approach to mitigate the impacts of climate change. The project also offers the co-occurring benefit of improving water quality for much of our region. Situated within the Delaware River watershed, Bryn Coed Preserve contains several headwater streams—small tributaries that carry water into Pickering Creek and on to the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers. In fact, 17 percent of all the water flowing into Pickering Creek originates at Bryn Coed. The headwater streams are particularly vulnerable to pollution from agricultural runoff. As stormwater flows from the land toward the streams, the 64 acres of newly planted trees will absorb pollutants, improve infiltration and recharge groundwater, and reduce erosion and flooding. Funding was provided by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Forest Riparian Buffer Grant Program and the PA Department of Environmental Protection. “This is one of the larger tree-planting projects that DCNR has been involved with,” said John Nissen, service forester with the Bureau of Forestry. “Personally, it’s the largest riparian project in my coverage area since I have been with DCNR.” top: Debbie Beer, bottom: Ed Cunicelli