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Riparian areas

Information about wetlands, watercourses, watersheds and flood plains

Maintaining and restoring riparian areas provides many benefits:

  • Breeding habitat for cavity-nesting ducks and songbirds, bees and other pollinators, raptors and ruffed grouse, etc.   You can help enhance the habitat by building and mounting nest boxes, raptor platforms and drumming logs. 

  • Tree roots stabilize eroding stream banks, decrease sediment, and absorb nutrients.​

  • Falling organic debris provides aquatic food sources.​

  • Stream temperatures are moderated by shade cover.​

  • Carbon emissions are reduced due to less bare topsoil and through uptake from vegetation.​

Learn more about:

photo from Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee

The Nashwaak Watershed Association now offers the 'Natural Edge Program', which offers free riparian restoration assistance in the Nashwaak Watershed.

Watch a Webinar recording: Natural Edge – A Guide to Riparian Restoration for Landowners


Recorded March 26, 2024, the webinar featured Chloe Lajoie of Watersheds Canada, who spoke about the benefits of a natural shoreline, how to increase climate resiliency, and what landowners can do on their own properties.

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