Loop 1: Station 8
River systems include the stream channel and the nearby ecosystem that is closely tied to water. This riparian corridor provides diverse habitat for wildlife dependent on being in or near water. These water-influenced communities thrive on abundant moisture, a moderated climate, and rich soils.
The lush forests in the riparian zone include thick understory vegetation. These continuous ribbons of streamside forest are vital to aquatic species as well as to the movement of mammals and birds.
These riparian areas buffer the stream by absorbing the energy of frequent flooding, and removing large loads of sediment, nutrients, and pollutants that come with runoff events. These streamside and floodplain filters provide essential and valuable functions critical to sustaining water quality.
Are river corridors essential to wildlife?
Riparian corridors are the highways for natural movement of many terrestrial, aquatic, and avian species. These areas provide a high quality of all of the basic elements of wildlife habitat: food, water, cover and space.
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