Buffer Goal Achieved
Virginia’s cleanup plan calls for almost 70,000 acres of new riparian buffer within the James River watershed by 2025, and we have just under 8,000 acres reported to date. (State of the James, 2019).
Partners in the Upper and Middle James Riparian Consortium are working together and with landowners to bring this number up!
Why Riparian Buffers Matter
Ribbons of vegetation along our creeks and rivers provide a variety of benefits to water quality and the landowner. Healthy riparian buffers filter pollutants from upland runoff, stabilize stream banks, reduce impacts of flooding, shade and cool streams, and provide wildlife habitat. In addition, they provide a space for people to view wildlife, wander through the trees, and relax along the banks.
The animated slideshow above takes you through the Riparian Buffer Zones. Place your curser over the slideshow to pause the rotation.
Partners in Restoration
Visit our About page to learn more about who we are, join our mailing list and meetings, move ideas into action with others, and find resources.
Visit our Landowner Resources page to learn more about what riparian buffers and and cost assistance programs to help you restore and protect your streamside forest and opportunities.