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The Town of Front Royal’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee, local community groups, and volunteers came together to plant a 200 meter section of Happy Creek’s riparian buffer in November.
Volunteers planted 450 young seedlings of seven different varieties of native shrub species that were approved by the Department of Environmental Quality.
The section of Happy Creek between South and Short Street was selected as a high priority area due to the abundance of invasive and undesirable vegetation that had begun to take over.
ESAC member and local conservation biologist Justin Proctor spoke on the value of these native plants reminding us that they “are adapted to handle our local climate and soils… build back our beneficial insects and pollinators, provide food for wildlife… stabilize riverbanks and help clean out pollutants.”
The Town of Front Royal is hosting a Happy Creek Restoration Community Planting Day from 10 am to 2 pm.
Volunteers will meet along the Greenway between South St and Short St to help revegetate a section of Happy Creek’s riparian buffer.
A healthy riparian buffer is crucial to help filter pollutants, reduce solar radiation, and prevent erosion.
Make sure to dress for the weather and be ready to get your hands dirty while helping your community and local ecosystem.
The Town first began working on this riparian corridor in July of this year with leadership and oversight from the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee.
Volunteers removed invasive and aggressive tree and ground cover throughout the summer to make way for the native plants that will be planted today.
Luray participated in three Virginia Department of Forestry initiatives this spring to help enhance the riparian buffer along Hawksbill Creek.
The Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant was used to install trees along Hawksbill greenway.
The Emerald Ash Borer Removal and Replacement Cost-Share Program allowed for the removal and replacement of trees in the area.
The Mountains to Bay Program focused on erosion control and the streamside buffer.
Hawksbill Creek’s riparian buffer is crucial for filtering pollutants, reducing solar radiation, and erosion.
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