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Creating a Backyard Buffer System


Riparian Buffer System   Click image to view guide

About 90% of the land in New England is privately owned, which means individual property owners play a key role in maintaining the health of our waterways. One means to do this is to plant a vegetated area to help protect a water body from adjacent land uses, known as a riparian buffer system. The Backyard Buffers Guide is designed to help homeowners plant and maintain their own riparian systems. In this packet you will find information on recommended plant species, the planting process, and the benefits of having a riparian buffer system.

You can find the guide and supplements here:

If you are from the Fairfield County or Westchester area, feel free to
contact Highstead (203) 938-8809 to help connect you to lake
associations in your area.