Plant Trees: Become Part of the Solution

Every tree counts — providing benefits now and well into  the future.

START WITH A TREE

Plant trees on your property even if you don’t have a stream. Tree roots break up the soil and allow rainwater to infiltrate into the ground, which helps replenish groundwater and reduce flooding.

GO NATIVE

Plant native trees and shrubs. Native plants will thrive in our climate, are easier to care for, and they provide excellent food and habitat for wildlife.

REMEMBER WIDER IS BETTER

Streamside forests provide a setback — or buffer — between the stream and the adjacent land use. A narrow streamside forest can provide some benefits, such as shade, but wider buffers are necessary to keep streams healthy. Research findings support a 100 foot minimum on both sides of the stream.

Why Streamside Forests?

SIX REASONS TO PLANT TREES: Improve water quality by reducing pollution, lower drinking water treatment costs,
   replenish groundwater supplies, reduce flooding, provide habitat for wildlife, increase property values

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