Protecting the Integrity of Riparian Areas

A riparian area is the area of land and water forming a transition zone from aquatic to terrestrial ecosystems along streams, lakes, and open-water wetlands. Riparian areas are among the most important and diverse part of the forest ecosystems. They support high soil moisture and a diversity of associated vegetation and wildlife, and they perform important ecological functions that link aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. To protect the functions and values of riparian areas the Natural Resources Management Department will: