by Deya Ramsden, VDOF
What comes to mind when you picture a riparian buffer? Maybe you picture hardwood seedlings in tree shelters. Or perhaps you picture the finished product of a lush green tree canopy over a stream (that’s what we strive for!) The following mini-guide is meant to present some additional types of riparian buffer to expand your view of what a riparian buffer planting can be. I’ll present the common species used in each type of buffer and highlight some of the management features. When working with the James River Buffer Program, the riparian buffer restoration manager from the James River Association or Forester from the Virginia Department of Forestry can help you create a buffer that suites your location and meets your land management needs. I hope you find this guide useful and that it sparks your imagination when planning a riparian forest buffer.