Watershed-Wide Actions


  • Meeting with riparian forest buffer leaders throughout the watershed to develop a strategy to boost enrollment in riparian forest buffer programs.
  • Increasing the effectiveness of landowner education on riparian forest buffer establishment and maintenance.
  • Improving outreach related to riparian forest buffers.
  • Expand awareness of reduced mowing, riparian forest buffer and tree planting programs among non-agricultural landowners (e.g., federal or public land managers, schools, golf courses).
  • Improving tracking and reporting of riparian forest buffer implementation.
  • Developing Natural Filters restoration-type programs with innovative financing and comprehensive services (e.g., planning, planting and maintenance).
  • Working on policies to maintain and increase riparian forest buffers on landscape.
  • Increasing demand for riparian forest buffers on all lands by leveraging relevant, complementary programs.
  • Improving training and support networks for technical assistance providers.
  • Developing communication and outreach plans for riparian forest buffers, tree canopy, land use change products, and Natural Filters Restoration Program.


  • Forming riparian forest buffers coordinating body and advisors in each state where goals are regularly not being met.
  • Developing high-level Action Strategies in each jurisdiction to help focus and coordinate riparian forest buffers efforts.
  • Improving riparian forest buffers verification by working with states on reporting.