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Outdoors Landowner ‘Shade Your Stream’ Field Day Sept. 17

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and the Macon County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) cordially invite landowners to a free landowner “Shade Your Stream” field day on Tuesday, Sept. 17. A free lunch will also be provided.

Shade Your Stream is a new initiative of LTLT and its partners. At its most basic level, it is a promotional campaign to encourage landowners to restore or maintain a healthy buffer of trees and shrubs along their streams, in order to protect properties from erosion and protect streams from pollution. At a broader level, it includes numerous land management and stream restoration practices and incentive programs to benefit both water quality and fish and wildlife habitat.

At this field day, landowners will see and learn the following:

  • Why we should protect our streams
  • Demonstration of a simple and rapid method to assess the condition of your stream
  • Agricultural best management practices (BMPs) for water quality
  • How to plan and design a stream restoration project
  • Visit a successful BMP / stream restoration project
  • Availability of conservation incentive and technical assistance programs

While primarily focused on farm land, much of what will be presented is also applicable to residential properties.

The field day is sponsored by the Franklin to Fontana Restoration Project with funding from the EPA 319 grant program and the NC Division of Water Resources. The goals of the Project are to improve water quality in three tributaries to the Little Tennessee River – Iotla Branch, Cat Creek, and Rabbit Creek – and to carry out a five-part watershed education effort aimed at increasing awareness of stream habitat and water quality.

Participation is free, but registration is required. To register, contact LTLT’s Sharon Burdette at (828)524-2711 x 305, by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or by going to LTLT’s website at www.ltlt.org. For further information, contact Macon SWCD’s Mike Breedlove at (828)524-3311 ext 3.


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