We Need a Buffer: Protecting Wetlands by Installing and Monitoring Riparian Buffer Zones

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Did you know that more than half of the world’s wetlands have been lost since 1900? Wetlands provide vital habitat to a significant number of species, including waterfowl, wading birds, frogs and salamanders, aquatic invertebrates, turtles and fish. Wetlands also provide a essential ecosystem services like purifying our water, absorbing flood waters, and protecting coastal and riparian areas against erosion.

This webinar will discuss how riparian buffer zones are one of the most important practices you can implement to help protect your wetlands.

You’ll learn:

  • The many benefits of a healthy riparian buffer
  • How these buffers can provide forage and shelter for native species such as birds, pollinator, and other wildlife
  • “Edge of field practices” to incorporate into agricultural and former agricultural areas and why they are so critical to healthy aquatic systems


  • Craig Goodwin, National Water Quality Specialist & National Aquatic Ecologist, Ecological Sciences Division, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

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