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.

map of the James River watershed, with upper and middle James marked


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

field work

Visit our Partners Resources page to learn more about who we are, join our mailing list and meetings, move ideas into action with others, and find resources. Learn more »


Landowner on computer

Visit our Landowner Resources page to learn more about cost assistance programs to help you built, restore and protect your streamside forest and 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.