Six Good Reasons to Plant Trees Beside a Stream

Saplings planted on the bank of Stout Creek will even­tu­ally grow to shade the stream and end up as the next gen­er­a­tion of log jam habitat.

 

The strip of land beside your stream is a great place to plant trees.  First of all, the 20 feet or so directly beside the stream prob­a­bly isn’t prac­ti­cal to use for most other pur­poses.  Sec­ond, the banks are too steep.  Third, there will prob­a­bly be sea­sonal flood­ing.  Besides, a forested buffer zone along a stream is really beneficial.

The Ben­e­fits of Trees

It’s great habi­tat for wildlife and when large branches and leaves fall into the stream, it ends up being just what the doc­tor ordered for salmon and steel­head. Trees help you by reduc­ing the risk of flood­ing and sta­bi­liz­ing the bank.  In fact, there are six really very good rea­sons to plant trees stream side:

  1. They shade and cool the air and the stream water.  It’s what they’re know for.
  2. Trees actu­ally can clean the soil and the water per­co­lat­ing through it by absorb­ing chem­i­cals and other pol­lu­tants. Sci­en­tists have stud­ied how trees fil­ter sewage and farm chem­i­cals, reduce the harm­ful effects of con­cen­trated ani­mal wastes, and clean water runoff that enters streams.
  3. Trees slow storm water runoff and reduce the threat of flooding.
  4. Trees break the force of wind to help keep top­soil in place. Their roots bind the soil con­tribut­ing to bank stabilization.
  5. Trees cre­ate oxy­gen. A mature tree pro­duces as much oxy­gen in a grow­ing sea­son as 10 peo­ple inhale in a year.  They also act as a giant fil­ters clean­ing the air we breath. Trees clean the air by inter­cept­ing air­borne par­ti­cles, reduc­ing heat and absorb­ing pol­lu­tants such as car­bon monox­ide, sul­fur diox­ide and nitro­gen dioxide.
  6. When they grow old and die, logs that have fallen into a stream will make great habi­tat for fish.

Actu­ally a pretty good rea­son for trees, don’t you think?

 

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