CNH Industrial Launches Riparian Buffer Development Plan in New Holland, Pa.

Jan 15, 2021 4:00 PM ET

January 15, 2021 /3BL Media/ - CNH Industrial’s New Holland, Pa. site is pleased to announce a special partnership with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (Alliance). Through this new partnership, CNH Industiral continues its commitment to sustainable agriculture and responsible land management by establishing a riparian buffer along the stream on the grounds of New Holland’s North American headquarters. 

Through this program, CNH Industrial, New Holland’s parent company, will be planting over 2,000 trees and shrubs across 8.5 acres of its campus in New Holland, Pa. This planting will greatly contribute to Pennsylvania’s pollutant load reductions and will contribute to Lancaster County’s goal of planting 6000 new acres of forest buffer by 2025. 

A riparian forest buffer is an area of native trees and shrubs along a stream. The main purpose of a riparian forest buffer is to improve water quality and stream bank resiliance, both of which improve local soil health, provide essential pollinator and wildlife habitat, and positively impact the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay. These vast goals make this unqiue partnership even more key to supporting and achieving the state’s and the county’s water quality goals.

“This 8.5 acre riparian forest buffer will be quite large for Lancaster County, and will really help improve the stream that it will surround,” said the Alliance’s Chesapeake Forestry Program Manager, Ryan Davis. “The project is also excellent for the cause; New Holland is a trusted name in agriculture, and their demonstrated stance on stewardship of our streams sets a great example for our farming community.”

The Alliance has provided guidance to New Holland and CNH Industrial by defining and explaining the benefits of a riparian forest buffer. This includes how to plant and establish a buffer, the best native trees and shrubs to plant at the New Holland site, and how to effectively and efficiently maintain the buffer for maximum water quality and wildlife habitat benefits.

“Trees are an important tool in our fight against the climate crisis. We have a great opportunity on our New Holland campus to fill the non-farmed area with trees. These trees will improve the water quality flowing through the tributary and into the Chesapeake Bay, as well as make a small improvement to the air quality in Lancaster County. I’m thankful to CNH Industrial and the Alliance for enthusiastically supporting this partnership.” – Scott Simmons, CNH Industrial Project Engineer, who leads the riparian forest project at the New Holland campus.