Working Buffer Pilot Project

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This effort by Snohomish Conservation District, NOAA Restoration Center, and Puget Sound Partnership aims to identify property owners that want to redesign their land use to both increase agricultural viability and productivity, while increasing Riparian Buffer Functions, while retaining their property rights and maximizing the private use of their lands. Our goal is to help private land owners understand and use of the diverse and confusing array of programs and regulations that affect their decision making, both supporting implementation of good projects, and providing feedback to government programs on how they can improve their practices to meet the needs of rural communities.

The project completed outreach and survey activities in Fall and Winter of 2013-14, developed outreach materials in winter 2014-15, and installed a pilot site in the 2015-16 planting season. Ongoing work is integrated into Coordinated Investment.

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