More Trees, Clean Water

Let’s restore and protect streamside forests together.

More Trees, Clean Water

Let’s restore and protect streamside forests together.

More Trees, Clean Water

Let’s restore and protect streamside forests together.

More Trees, Clean Water

Let’s restore and protect streamside forests together.

More Trees, Clean Water

Let’s restore and protect streamside forests together.

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!

Buffer Acres

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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 Streamside Forest Buffer

Cropland

Sediment, fertilizer and pesticides are carefully managed.

Zone 3 Runoff Control (20 feet)

Concentrated flows are converted to dispersed flows by water bars or spreaders, facilitating ground contact and infiltration.

Zone 2 Managed Forest (60 feet)

Filtration, deposition, plant uptake, anaerobic denitrification and other natural processes remove sediment and nutrients from runoff and subsurface flows.

Zone 1 Undisturbed Forest (15 feet)

Maturing trees provide detritus to the stream and help maintain lower water temperature vital to fish habitat.

Stream Bottom

Debris dams hold detritus for processing by aquatic fauna and provide cover and cooling shade for fish and other stream dwellers.

Zone 1 Undisturbed Forest (15 feet)

Tree removal is generally not permitted in this zone.

Zone 2 Managed Forest (60 feet)

Periodic harvesting is necessary in Zone 2 to remove nutrients sequestered in tree stems and branches and to maintain nutrient update through vigorous tree growth.

Zone 3 Runoff Control (20 feet)

Controlled grazing or haying can be permitted in Zone 3 under certain conditions.

Pasture

Watering facilities and livestock kept out of the Riparian Zone insofar as practible.

The animated slideshow above takes you through the Riparian Buffer Zones. Place your curser over the slideshow to pause the rotation.

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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.

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Landowners

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.