Catawba Sustainability Center
Roanoke County, VA
June 26, 2021 • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Join partners of the Upper and Middle James Riparian Consortium to learn about the latest research and guidance on successful riparian buffer projects. Participants will tour Virginia Tech’s Catawba Sustainability Center, a beautiful 377-acre farm and living laboratory, finishing with lunch from Roanoke Co+op.

What you’ll learn:

  • Best practices for site preparation and ensuring tree health
  • How to design buffers for pollinator habitat and native flowers
  • Ways to support agroforestry options, including native fruit and nut trees, and other food-producing buffers
  • Techniques for installing buffers along swales
  • An overview on the range of buffer research happening at Catawba

Registration and a $10/person fee are required. The event is limited to 50 attendees.

Registration is closed.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Amber Ellis at



Contact Amber Ellis at
804-788-8811 x205

This is an outdoor event expected to occur rain or shine! In the event that extreme weather conditions force a cancellation, we will inform attendees 48 hours before the event. The inclement weather date is July 24. Please note that due to COVID-19 measures, attendees must maintain 6’+ social distance and are encouraged to wear masks as an extra precaution. Hand sanitizer will be available and lunches will be individually pre-packaged.

Thanks to the following Consortium partners: The James River Association, Mountain Castles Soil and Water Conservation District, Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Tech, Blue Ridge Land Conservancy, and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

This event is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Government or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and its funding sources. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government, or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation or its funding sources

Webinar: Riparian Buffers at Virginia Tech’s Catawba Sustainability Center Webinar

Join Amber Ellis, the James River Association’s Senior Watershed Restoration Manager, to hear about why riparian forest buffers are so important for the health of the James River and the riparian buffer research that our partners at Virginia Tech’s (VT) Catawba Sustainability Center (CSC) are doing. CSC is a 377-acre farm in the Catawba Valley in the Upper James watershed. It serves as a living laboratory to advance environmental stewardship and community engagement. It provides a learning environment for the research, teaching, and demonstration of sustainable practices in agriculture, forestry, and land management. Our guests from VT include John Munsell, Professor and Forest Management Extension Specialist, and Adam Taylor, Manager of the Catawba Sustainability Center.

Sign up for a riparian forest buffer at

For more information about the Catawba Sustainability Center visit