Helping Landowners with their Streamside Forests
Another name for the streamside forest is a riparian buffer. Biparian buffers are zones along a stream or riverbank where vegetation grows. Trees, shrubs, and other grasses and plants help the river in many ways. Here are a few of the most important reasons to have vegetation along a waterway.
Roots provide bank stability by holding the soil in place, which reduces sediment in the river.
Vegetation provides shade to help moderate stream temperature for trout
Plants intercept pollution by “acting like a sponge” to absorb extra fertilizer, pesticides, sediment, etc.
The buffers provide a habitat for aquatic insects that eat the leaves and fish that eat the insects, as well as a canopy for birds and other wildlife.