River Restoration

Riparian buffers are an important component of a healthy river system.  The primary function of buffers is to physically protect a river from outside influences and disturbances. Buffers can provide stormwater management by filtering pollutants and act as a right-of-way during floods, sustaining the integrity of stream ecosystems and habitats.  In many locations across Vermont, buffers are either sparse or nonexistent.  This is especially true in many of Vermont's urban environments.

To maintain river health and function, CCST works with partners to establish or enhance buffers in locations where they are minimal or do not exist at all.  This process is fairly labor intensive and volunteers typically assist by helping with the physical planting of tress and shrubs.  This work is usually completed in the spring and fall when plant mortality is likely to be low.

If you have an interest in being involved in one of our plantings or have a property that you'd like to plant on, let us know.