Porter Run Stream and Riparian Buffer Restoration
Ecotone completed the restoration of approximately 1,080 linear feet of stream in LaVale, MD under the direction of the Allegany County Department of Public Works and the Allegany Soil Conservation District. As part of the project, Ecotone staff installed all riparian landscaping elements associated with the project.
Landscaping associated with the project was completed in stages according to the progress of the project. In conjunction with the installation of stream restoration structures, live willow and dogwood stakes were installed on the streambanks. In addition, permanent riparian seed and erosion control coir matting was installed concurrent with construction.
The planting of woody tree and shrub species in the forest buffer was completed in April 2011. Trees and shrubs planted were four to five foot tall native hardwood species suitable to the rocky soils of the Allegheny Mountains. Soil samples were taken prior to planting, and fertilizer and lime was applied at specified rates to help ensure the success of the plantings and seed mixes.