Riparian Rangers

Are you interested in becoming more involved in your local community? We are seeking new volunteers to join our Pennsylvania crew!

Riparian Rangers is a long-term volunteer program for Pennsylvania residents who want to ensure riparian forest buffers successfully take root! An Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay “Riparian Ranger” will visit a newly established site monthly during the growing season (March- November) for up to 3 years.

As a volunteer, you will observe the site as the young forest matures. Through establishing good landowner relationships, you will serve an important role by ensuring routine maintenance such as mowing and spraying is done twice a year. Additionally, you would be responsible for straightening tubes and stakes after storm events, removing bird netting as trees grow through the shelters, and hand-weeding any invasive plants that threaten the seedlings. Consistent eyes on the ground give us crucial insight as to where trees need to be replanted, or where extra maintenance is required. Without your help, our buffers might be compromised by fast-growing invasive plants, floods, or livestock grazing.

We are grateful for your support! Without this critical on-the-ground data, many buffers would continue to struggle without the proper care they need. By ensuring their care, you are protecting the health and quality of our future. Please fill out the form below to join our crew!

Please fill out the form below if you’re interested in learning more about or joining the Riparian Rangers program:

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Brittany Smith Pennsylvania Conservation Coordinator, Pennsylvania Office