Jackson Soil & Water Conservation District is happy to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Riparian Restoration Rebate Program. Over the last year we have worked to develop this program in order to incentivize small streamside forest revegetation projects.
Riparian areas are vegetated areas found between aquatic and terrestrial habitats. The vegetation along streams, wetlands, and lakes can all be considered riparian vegetation. The native plant species found here are adapted to living in this zone of fluctuating water availability. Healthy riparian zones provide many benefits for water quality, wildlife (both aquatic and terrestrial), and people. More specifically, riparian zones:
- Stabilize streambanks with plant roots.
- Provide corridors for migrating wildlife, including nesting and foraging habitat.
- Help maintain the water table.
- Play a role in terrestrial and aquatic food web.
- Provide shade to maintain water temperatures for aquatic organisms, especially important to our trout and salmon species.
- Improve water quality by trapping sediments which can be harmful to aquatic animals.
- Slow flood waters, thereby protecting waterfront properties
By planting native trees and shrubs in the riparian zone on your property, you provide numerous benefits to your property and adjacent landscape. Native species improve habitat for birds, mammals, fish and other aquatic animals, and protect the water quality of our beautiful streams.
If you would like to know more about this program, please contact JSWCD at your earliest convenience. Funding is limited on a first come, first served basis. We look forward to working with you.