When landowners approached the South River Federation eager to do a multi-acre project on their property in the headwaters of the South River, we were thrilled to have this unique opportunity. The reforestation site is located entirely within the 100-year floodplain in part of the Flat Creek subwatershed. The Federation received a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to restore this site back to a diverse, forested wetland, an increasingly rare ecosystem.
Well over 800 native trees and 400 shrubs were planted as part of the reforestation. All of the trees were planted and caged by volunteers. Willow, alders, Atlantic white cedars, and bald cypress are the dominant species. We look forward to watching this planting flourish for years to come.