The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District has two species of plant materials available for stream bank restoration and protection projects: Streamco Willow and Bankers Dwarf Willow.
The District provides the following info: Planting cuttings along an unvegetated stream bank is a great bio-engineering practice that can help stabilize an eroding stream bank. It also helps promote a healthier terrestrial and aquatic habitat than traditional stream bank restoration measures. For optimum survival, rooting and re-growth potential, the cuttings should be planted in early spring (early March to early April).
These shrubs will grow to between 10-15 feet tall. When it floods, the cuttings are flexible and lie down rather than breaking which allows the water to flow over-top, while their roots help anchor soil and protect the stream bank. Cuttings are provided as long whips that are approximately 2-5 feet long. You will need to prepare the cuttings for planting by cutting the whip (long piece) into smaller plantable stakes. Note that one whip will yield approximately 3 cuttings. (See attached document for more information on how to prepare the whips into cuttings for planting.)
The District will be charging for the whips this year. Costs will be $15.00 for 50 whips (approximately 150 cuttings). Only cash or check will be accepted! Checks should be made out to the Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District. Please include a note in the memo referencing cuttings or whips.
The whips are available on a PRE-ORDER BASIS from the District office. For more information or to request plant materials please contact the District at (540) 433-2853 ext. 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whips will be available for pick up from the Shenandoah Valley SWCD office on Deyerle Avenue in Harrisonburg after February 27th. You will need to bring a bucket, container or some type of bag to put your plant materials in. (Note: The whips should be kept cool and damp until they are planted.)
ALSO FROM THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT – SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE:
Two Educational Foundation, Inc. scholarships will be awarded on behalf of the Virginia Chapter of Soil and Water Conservation Society. One will be awarded annually on behalf of the VASWCD and one will be awarded on behalf of the VASWCD auxiliary to an eligible individual nominated by Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
TO PAGE COUNTY, ROCKINGHAM COUNTY AND CITY OF HARRISONBURG STUDENTS: Up to $2000 will be awarded to students pursuing a major in course curriculum related to natural resources conservation and/or environmental studies: