Riparian Forest Buffers

 

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Riparian buffers are the trees, shrubs, and other vegetation along our waterways. These streamside forests provide the James River and its tributaries with the protection they need. Riparian buffers slow flood water, improve water quality by filtering runoff from upland land use, provide canopy cover to shade and cool the stream, provide habitat for a variety of birds and small mammals, and are a great place for recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, and bird watching.

Before and After

Above left, an eroding bank on a Middle River farm in 2004; live willow stakes have been inserted into the bank to start the restoration process. Above right, the same bank 12 years later. Photos courtesy Bobby Whitescarver, from his Getting More on the Ground blog.