Trees, Paddlers and Wildlife: Safeguarding Ecological and Recreational Values on the River

Rivers in the Northeast are popular recreation areas for paddlers, swimmers, anglers and bird watchers. A key component in the nature of rivers is a variety of vegetation that falls or is swept into our rivers and streams. For some paddlers, homeowners, and others who live near rivers, large woody vegetation is an impediment or simply unsightly. For the fish, mammals, birds and insects who live in and around the river, these logs and big branches form an essential element of the river’s ecology. Protecting these instream habitat characteristics is important to assuring a species-rich and diverse river system. AMC developed a video and brochure on balancing the ecological and recreational values of the river. Learn more and watching the video.

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