Freshwater Shorelines and Riparian Buffers
Many of the Municipal Habitat Stewardship Agreements conserve pond/stream edge habitats, which are known as riparian buffers. These habitats are very much alive, and have been identified by biologists as important habitat for a diverse number of wildlife species.
There are many reasons to keep our living freshwater shorelines intact, several of which benefit homeowners and their property.
How can you help? Keep it wild!
Please leave trees and plants in place around our shorelines. Keep at least 15 meters of natural vegetation around all of our ponds, streams and wetlands in our province. This 15 m buffer is required by our Lands Act.
Our tidal wetlands are important for biodiversity,
mitigating climate change, and supporting bird populations.
Reasons to protect Riparian Habitats:
Stops the effects of erosion
Decreases siltation into freshwater habitat
Continues to offer flood mitigation
Supports better air quality through natural vegetation
Helps native pollinator/invertebrate populations
Acts as a buffer against snow and blowing winds
Protects nurseries for fish and waterfowl
Promotes growth of native plant species, reducing invasive species
Shields against noise pollution
Removes heavy metals from the water
Filters and cleans the water
Stores carbon and mitigates climate change
Living Freshwater Shoreline Resources
Ecological Buffer Guideline Review - Beacon Environmental
Green Shores - Green Shores Program
Living Shorelines (coastal) - Helping Nature Heal, NS
Living Shorelines (coastal) - Helping Nature Heal Website, NS
Conserving NL's Special Places
Newfoundland and Labrador is home to many important and sensitive wildlife habitats. The iconic puffin, the fish that swim our rivers, and the shorebirds that visit our coastlines each fall are just some of the things that make our biodiversity special. As a central part of SAM's mission we work to identify, prioritize and conserve the land areas of the province that support important biodiversity and are important to us culturally. We seek, in partnership with our municipal members, to find a balance between preservation of biodiversity values and economic and social development opportunities. We also recognize that there are many ways that these lands can be effectively conserved and so we actively seek to share our findings with other people and groups who share our vision.