Our team’s final outreach initiative involves development of web‐based and “on‐site” GeoDesign presentation tools that provide farmers with dynamic, data-rich visual platforms for planning, establishing, and maintaining productive multifunctional agroforestry riparian buffers and silvopasture systems. Agroforestry riparian buffers are multi-zoned perennial systems designed to conserve soil and water while generating salable crops using combinations of fruit, flower, and mast producing trees and shrubs. Silvopasture is an upland pasture agroforestry practice where livestock, forage, and tree crop components are intensively managed together on the same piece of land. Optimizing component performance of both systems in a GeoDesign planning and management environment will refine production and conservation outputs derived from these complex polyculture systems [9-12].
Benefits associated with efficient multivariate decision-making offered by GeoDesign tools include higher land equivalency ratios which translate to overyielding of biomass output and thus greater economic gains for producers. It also will improve system conservation capacity meaning longer rates of sufficient plot productivity and healthier and sustainable regional landscapes. The GeoDesign platforms also will supply or aggregate links to technical agroforestry riparian buffer and silvopasture publications and budgets and cross-link establishment and management videos similar to those developed by Munsell for forest farming agroforestry practices (e.g., click for video). Videos of producers who have adopted these practices will be developed to highlight different motivation for and approaches to buffer and silvopasture development.
Our GeoDesign software will support the design of additional buffers and silvopastures at The Catawba Sustainability Center. This web app will be a more powerful teaching tool than existing tree visualization software (e.g., click for example) because it accounts for differences in tree productivity by species and by site quality and management and will allow the producer to visualize each system at different stages in the tree growth cycle under different planting and thinning practices. A future goal for this visualization will be to incorporate estimates of forage production and forest farming output as a function of tree species and management.

9. Kimball, L.L., P.E. Wiseman, S.D. Day, and J.F. Munsell. in press. Use of urban tree canopy assessments by localities in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Cities and the Environment.
10. Barrett, S.M., M.C. Bolding, W.M. Aust, and J.F. Munsell. Characteristics of logging businesses that harvest biomass for energy production. Forest Products Journal. in press.
11. Trozzo, K.E., J.F. Munsell, and J.L. Chamberlain. 2014. Landowner interest in multifunctional agroforestry riparian buffers. Agroforestry Systems. 88(4):619-629.
12. Trozzo, K.E., J.F. Munsell, J.L. Chamberlain, and W.M. Aust. 2014. Potential adoption of agroforestry riparian buffers based on landowner and streamside characteristics. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 69(2).140-150.