University of Virginia grad students Rachael Beaton (left) and Charles Romero work on pulling a dead tree from a riparian buffer on a farm just off U.S. 33 in Penn Laird. The students, taking part in an alternative spring break, worked with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to assess the health of the buffer along Cub Run. (Photos by Jason Lenhart)
Robert Jennings, a Chesapeake Bay Foundation field specialist, checks the health of a red osier dogwood planted in 2010 on a riparian buffer along Cub Run in Penn Laird. The foundation helped several University of Virginia students work on the buffer as part of an alternative spring break volunteer program on Friday.
U.Va. junior and Charlottesville native Gloria Desanker works on a dead tree planted in 2010 on a riparian buffer that parallels Cub Run just off U.S. 33 in Penn Laird. A riparian buffer is an area near a stream which helps shade and partially protect a stream from the impact of adjacent land uses.