What types of trees or understory plant should I put in wetland and riparian areas?
Riparian forest buffers are areas that border bodies of water and should include a diversity of native, noninvasive woody trees, and shrubs (multiple species including hardwoods). Manage newly established buffers to allow the establishment of an organic duff layer and understory vegetation. The Zone 3 (outermost zone) filter strip may include warm season grasses. For fact sheets on riparian buffers, visit www.agnr.umd.edu/MCE/Publications/PDFs/FS724.pdf.