Agroforestry for the Northeast: New Project To Develop Regionally Appropriate Training Materials
March 24, 2016
Agroforestry, a suite of practices that blend agriculture and forestry, has been identified as an important strategy for forest restoration in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, but there’s a hefty barrier to widespread adoption: few region-specific resources are available to guide practitioners and advisers through successful agroforestry implementations. That’s about to change, thanks to a newly formed consortium of government agency, non-profit, and university personnel who have joined forces to develop and adapt educational materials for agroforestry practices compatible with Northeast conditions and farming traditions.
Study Finds Establishing Silvopasture Takes Careful Planning and Management
March 24, 2016
Silvopasture is an agroforestry practice which integrates rotationally grazed livestock with tree crops. The practice can yield short-term benefits, like shade and forage for grazing animals, and long-term benefits, like increased income from forest products. However, if not managed carefully, forest grazing can cause environmental degradation. A three-year silvopasture study is currently underway which explores the effects of management decisions and evaluates the challenges and opportunities posed by various silvopasture applications. The goal of the study is to develop evidence-based guidelines for Pennsylvania graziers.