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In this study, Maryland Sea Grant and partners seek to understand the challenges coastal farmers and woodlot owners in Maryland and Virginia face because of increased flooding and salty soils. The results of this study would help inform what research, training, or resources would be most helpful to the agricultural community in the future. Participants will have the opportunity to speak directly to decision-makers about their concerns and try to build solutions.
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Farmers and woodlot owners in Maryland and Virginia are facing increased challenges as coastal flooding and salty soils are negatively impacting their land. Adapting to these challenges may require different strategies to manage land under saltier or wetter conditions. This project aims to better understand the factors that are most important to farmers and woodlot owners as they make decisions concerning ongoing management of their farm and/or woodlots in the face of increased flooding and saltier water. The insights gained from this project will show agricultural partners and researchers what assistance is most relevant to farmers’ needs and will not be used to create additional regulations.
Farmers (both land owners and leasers) and woodlot owners (e.g. ‘participants’) that have seen increased flooding and/or experienced salty soils on their farm and/or woodlot that are located in the coastal Chesapeake Bay region.
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This free workshop is made possible through the National Science Foundation’s Coastlines and People grant #ICER-1940218