More Trees, Clean Water

Let’s restore and protect streamside forests together.

Which tree should I plant?

A guide for selecting riparian trees and shrubs in Virginia

Lodge Creek

With partner funding help, a backyard creek now has better flood and erosion control and is a wildlife habitat.

Our Vision:

Growing partnerships to create healthy streamside ecosystems for clean water in the James River today and tomorrow.

James River Watershed, Virginia

2023 Consortium Annual Report

It was a joy to look back at what this dedicated partnership achieved in 2023. The diverse skills and creative thinking the consortium brought to the table led to some impressive accomplishments.

Read more highlights in the Annual Report »

450 consortium members
60 event attendees
83 individuals trained
250 acres of riparian forest buffer installed through JRBP


Why Riparian Buffers Matter

Riparian buffers, or corridors of vegetation along creeks and rivers, provide a variety of benefits to water quality and our communities.

Partners in Restoration

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Visit our About section to learn more about who we are, what we do and how our partners move ideas into action together. Learn more »


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Visit our Landowner section to learn about buffers and cost assistance programs that can help you build and maintain your streamside buffers. Learn more »

Buffer News & Updates

See available funding programs!

Programs such as the James River Buffer Program (JRBP) works to provide the James River watershed with resilient streamside forests that improve water quality and that landowners visions are understood. For qualifying landowners, the program provides:

  • design and management plan
  • preparation of site as needed
  • materials
  • ​installation

The JRBP is a partnership between The James River Association, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and is one of the many funding programs available to landowners.