Hunt, Roger

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Hunt, Roger

Presentation to

Managing Agricultural Landscapes for

Environmental Quality

October 11, 2006

Science Plus

Roger Hunt – Trees Forever

Field Coordinator and Design Specialist


What I want to share today

• Who we are

• What we do relating to water quality

• How we do it

• A case study to provide an example


Trees Forever 17 Years of Award

Winning Programs and Accomplishments

• Founded in 1989 by two volunteers

• Nonprofit organization

• Governed by board of directors

• Staff of 20, headquartered in Iowa


The Trees Forever Mission

To plant and care for trees and the

environment by empowering people,

building community and promoting

stewardship.


My other job

Suntree Farm

In the family since 1842

This is the way I keep my life in balance and stay grounded.


Bridge Building Philosophy

• Trees Forever is not an “activist”

organization

– Brings opposing groups together

– Engages people in meaningful voluntary

stewardship projects

– Bridging science and people


Just For Fun Nurturing new stewards of the land

K IDS


Establishing and Demonstrating

What Works

• To improve water quality

• To educate producers and the public

• To increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity

• To reveal new economic opportunities

• To fill gaps in government programs


Trees Forever Buffer and Water

Quality Initiatives

Trees Forever Working

Watersheds: Buffers &

Beyond

Illinois

Buffer

Partnership


Sponsoring Partners

Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc.

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Illinois Council of Best Management Practices

•Illinois Corn Growers Association

•Illinois Farm Bureau

•Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Assoc.

•Illinois Pork Producers Association

•Illinois Soybean Checkoff Board

•Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc.

FS GROWMARK

United States Environmental Protection Agency


Together, Improving Water

Quality in Iowa and Illinois

1997-2005 Accomplishments

• 270 demonstration sites

• 1,495,916 trees and shrubs


Improving Water Quality

Together While Having Fun!

1997-2005

Accomplishments

• 5,899 acres of

buffers of trees,

shrubs & grasses

• 130 miles of streams

protected by buffers

Don Roseboom

Hydrologist

“in your creek “ hydrology workshop


1997-2005

Accomplishments

• 2100 volunteers

• 36,842 volunteer

hours


1997-2005

Accomplishments

• 6,035 people

attending field

days


Case Study

Fenchel Creek Watershed

A Vision for the Future


A product of VIEW

Visual Investments to Enhance Watersheds

A Trees Forever Program

Prepared in Collaboration

Fenchel Creek Watershed Committee

and Trees Forever


Fenchel Creek

Watershed Committee

Noland Knight

Mary Jane Keppler

Bob Bassett

Larry Schumacher

John Rodecap

Robert Faust

Roger Thomas

Dave Sunne

Darla Kelchen

Aaron Opperman

Harry Blobaum

David Gould

Eldon Fenton

Dean Knight

Merry Stover

Al Friederich

Kenneth W. Faust

Paul Little

John Richman

Trees Forever

Patty Petersen – Facilitator

Roger Hunt - Designer

Sponsoring Partners

Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. Iowa Farm Bureau Federation GROWMARK


Watershed Planning and

Engagement

Basic Premise:

People’s Lives Impact their Watershed, and

Watersheds Impact People’s Lives.

Everyone Shares the Responsibility


Fenchel Creek Watershed

• Located in NE

Iowa, just South

of Strawberry

Point

• A sub watershed

of the

Maquoketa River

• Approximately

12,000 acres

• Primary land use

is agriculture

• Part of Backbone

State Park is in

the SW quadrant

of the watershed


Backbone State Park Area


Watershed Planning Process

• Define problem

• Determine boundaries

• Determine stakeholders

• Site Assessments

• Visual

• Historical/Cultural

resource

• Natural resources

• Analysis of data

• Goal setting

• Prepare preliminary

plan

• Presentation/public

discussion

• Prepare final plan

• Develop

implementation

strategy

• Implementation

• Evaluation


Motivating Issue

High bacteria level noted by the presence of fecal coliform

This condition limited recreational activities

and the tourism opportunities that have a long and

successful history for the area


Local committee assesses watershed

resources, maps findings, and sets

goals


Goals of Fenchel Creek Study

Propose solutions that:

• Enhance water quality address urban and agricultural land

management

• Enhance visual quality of the watershed/area

• Are attainable and sustainable

• Reflect best management practices for existing land use


Watershed Opportunities Areas

Agriculture

• Crop production

• Cattle production and dairying

• Pork production

Urban

•Private landowners

•Public lands


Watershed Opportunities

Crop Production

Best Management Practices:

• Nutrient Management

• Conservation Tillage

• Weed and Pest Management

• Conservation Buffers

This Vision Plan Focuses on Conservation Buffers


Watershed Opportunities

Cattle Production


Stream Buffers and Filter Strips

• Manure is both a crop

resource and a potential

pollutant

•Most of cattle

manure is surface

applied either by the

grazing cattle or with

mechanical spreaders

Top priority

is buffers

along stream

•To help filter the

manure applied to

fields, a top priority is

to install stream buffers

and grassed waterways


Dairy Existing


Dairy Edit

Loafing paddocks with

trees for shade

Grassed waterways

Native grass

filter strips

Windbreak

north and west


Beef Feedlot Existing


Beef Feedlot Edit

Windbreak

Native grass

filter strip

Shade trees


Cattle Grazing Existing


Cattle Grazing Edit

Grazing paddocks

Riparian Buffer

Nose pump waterer

Creek gap electric

fence

Modified Riffle Crossing


Watershed Opportunities

Pork Production


Hog Finishing Barns

Aerial View Looking SW to NE


Hog Finishing Barns Edit

Aerial View Looking SW to NE

Windbreak border

fast growing trees

and evergreens

N

Flowering trees

E

W

Shade trees

S

Mowed turf

Native grass and

wildflower buffer


Hog Finishing Barn

Ground Level Looking SW to NE


Hog Finishing Barn Edit

Ground Level Looking SW to NE

Windbreak

Flowering trees

Shade trees

allow air movement and

provide shade


Homestead with Farrowing and

Gestation Barns

Aerial from Southeast looking Northwest


Homestead with Farrowing and

Gestation Barns Edit

Aerial from Southeast looking Northwest

Windbreak

N

W

Shade trees

allow air movement and

provide shade

S

E

Flowering trees


Private Property Opportunities

Urban


Commercial Existing


Commercial Edit

Shade trees to shade

building and parking lot

Flowering tree to attract

attention and give

pedestrian scale

Bio-swale to intercept

parking and roof run-off

Native grasses and wildflowers in

ditch bottom, mowed turf around

edges. Acts as filter and allows

infiltration


Example of Bio-swale For parking lot run-off


Residential Property Existing


Residential Property Edit

Rain garden to intercept

rainwater from roof,

walks, and driveways.

Water is used and filtered

by the plants before it leaves

the property


Rain Gardens Along

Uncurbed Streets

Rain gardens

help slow

runoff and

minimize

erosion in

drainage

ditches along

streets with

out curbs


Fenchel Creek Watershed

Residential Roofs

Residential roof water is

relatively clean, and can be

easily taken out of the

stormwater loop.

•Redirect down spouts to pervious areas

•Rain gardens

•Rain Barrels


Public Opportunities


West Entrance Existing Aerial View


West Entrance Edit Aerial View

Widely spaced shade

trees branched high

to permit views

of commercial areas

West entrance sign

Flowering trees

Native grasses and

wildflowers in

ditches w/ mowed turf edges


South Entrance Sign Existing


South Entrance Sign Edit

Native

grasses

and

wildflowers

in ditch

bottom

Mowed turf

Wetland

Mowed edge

Native grasses and wildflowers


Green Infrastructure System

City

Lagoon

Site

Campbell Park

Backbone State Park

Trail system continues

to Campbell Park,

along stream corridor

to treatment site, and

Backbone State Park

Interpretive/Recreational trail begins in

residential areas of Strawberry Point

Strawberry Point


Rural Trail to Backbone Existing


Rural Trail to Backbone Edit

CRP 60 feet- 160 feet

Hiking and biking trail


South Entrance Area Existing

Looking from the SE to the NW


South Entrance Area Edit

Looking from the SE to the NW Comprehensive Concept

Recreational/Interpretive Trail from

Strawberry Point to Backbone State Park

Industrial Park with wetland for

filtration and infiltration

of storm water

Roadways

realigned for

safety

Picnic area

To Backbone

Sewage treatment

interpretation

Native trees,

grasses, and

wildflowers

Nature Interpretive Area


These proposals

represent a variety of

opportunities to enhance

the watershed and the

quality of life while

maintaining agriculture and

tourism as major economic

forces.


Implementation

• Share the concepts

• Present to individuals, schools, and

organizations

• Identify project partners

• Seek/identify funding

• Refine concept/develop specific plan

• Implement project


Working Watersheds

Summary

• A collaborative approach

• Partner involvement

• Practical on-the-ground solutions

• Locally led, flexible and voluntary


It All Comes Back to Farming for

Me I’m Still Planting Seeds

Of

•Hope

for a healthy,

vibrant, and

beautiful Earth

•Trust in

the Process, in

ourselves and

others

•Love of

making things

the way they

can be


Thank You.

Questions?


Trees Forever

770 7 th Avenue

Marion, Iowa 52302

www.treesforever.org

Phone: 800/369-1269

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