The establishment of native plants is almost always a goal of the restoration projects we take on. Restored riparian vegetation helps to shade land and waterways to reduce in-stream temperatures, filter surface runoff to remove contaminants, stabilize stream banks to reduce erosion and sediment input, and provide forage and cover for fish and wildlife.
Our partners at Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District run an annual native plant sale so that the public can get access to affordable, locally-adapted plants to improve habitat in their backyards. Below is their plant guide, which is a useful starting point to get to know our local natives, and to prepare for their sale every December.
Want to extend your green thumb to your greater watershed?
Learn how you can play a role in restoring salmon habitat by working with plants here.