About the Author

Bobby Whitescarver is a farmer, conservationist, educator, and award-winning writer. He has decades of experience in watershed and wildlife habitat restoration. Bobby retired from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2011 with 31 years of field experience. He continues his life’s work of restoring watersheds through his private consulting business, Whitescarver Natural Resources Management, LLC. He has extensive experience with designing and implementing livestock grazing systems that keep livestock out of the streams and provide them with alternative watering systems. He has been involved with over 500 miles of stream bank protection work and helped landowners plant over a half a million native hardwood trees. Wildlife habitat is one of Bobby’s specialties as he has helped landowners establish and maintain over a thousand acres of native prairie and has successfully brought back the Northern Bobwhite to many farms. He is an Agronomist, certified Nutrient Management Planner (VA), certified Prescribed Burn Manager (VA), and certified Resource Management Planner (VA).

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Riparian Buffers – Celebrating Fifteen Years

The riparian buffers on our farm on Middle River are now fifteen years old. Fifteen years ago, the “River Farm” was basically a cool-season grass pasture with a few scattered mature trees along the banks of the river. … [Read more...]