Riverine forests are forested areas within 100 feet on either side of the river. These areas play an important role in streambank
stabilization, erosion control, and pollution reduction. They also contribute to a healthy aquatic ecosystem - providing food, habitat, and aiding in temperature
control. Riverine forests are threatened by the growing human population and sprawling development. An analysis of satellite imagery provided by the Chesapeake
Conservancy indicates that 80% of the 100’ riverine areas in the watershed is forested – representing 94% of our total goal. Through a combination of targeted
agricultural practices that remove cattle from streams and restore riparian buffers, forest protection measures for existing forests, and urban stream restoration
practices, we can continue to restore riverine areas and meet our goal.
Composition of Land Cover within Riverine Areas