Riparian Habitat

Riparian Habitat is land and vegetation near streams, rivers, and wetlands. Healthy riparian areas generally include tress, shrubs, and groundcovers that provide shade and stabilize banks.

Native riparian vegetation along the channels is important habitat for terrestrial and aquatic wildlife and for bank stabilization. Trees shade the creek keeping water temperatures low enough to support cool-water fisheries. Trees also provide cover for the numerous bird species and mammals. The roots of groundcover plants and trees serve to hold soil together and add stability to the channel banks. Click here for a website with sources for local native plants.

Non-native invasive plants can out-compete the native riparian species, yet do not provide the same protective and forage functions as the native plant species. Plants like Giant reed compromise creek channels by constricting the flow which contributes to flood problems and erosion.

Improve riparian habitat by planting native vegetation and removing non-native invasive plants. When removing non-native plants be sure to thoroughly bag all parts of the plant to prevent them from invading other areas. Consult a professional before removing large amounts of plants because a permit may be required.

Native Plant Nusery Source Website
http://www.cnps.org/cnps/horticulture/nurseries.php

WHAT TO PLANT & WHAT NOT TO PLANT PHOTOS
A clickable guide to native and non-native plants
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Native Vegetation
Do Not Plant Me List
Non-Native Vegetation