Why riparian forest buffers?

What are riparian forest buffers and why do they matter?

Riparian forest buffers are woodland areas next to streams, rivers, and wetlands. Healthy riparian ecosystems can provide a number of benefits for human and ecological communities alike. They can help intercept nutrients, sediment, and pesticides from nearby areas before they enter our waterways; assist in streambank stabilization; decrease the frequency and severity of flood events; keep streams cool for their resident aquatic organisms; store carbon as they grow; provide critical habitat for wildlife; and serve as the venue for myriad cultural and recreational benefits. In the Vermont portion of the Lake Champlain Basin alone, more than 86,000 acres have been identified as potential restoration sites. 

Learn more about the benefits of riparian forest buffers (under construction)

Nutrient retention

Erosion control

Flood resiliency

Carbon storage

Wildlife habitat

Stream environments

Read more about how riparian forest buffers can support brook trout populations!

Culture and recreation