Building More Resilient Riverbanks Since 1998


Since 1998, River Builder has helped landowners restore over 103 miles of river and streambank and
planted over 850,000 native trees and shrubs throughout the New River Watershed.

River Builder offers 3 major services:

1) Consultation

New River Conservancy makes site visits to...
Assess the streambank.
Consult with the landowner about available restoration options.
Follow up to ensure the landowner has the information necessary to move forward.

2) Riparian Buffer Restoration

If the site is determined to be a good candidate for the River Builder program...
The land owner is placed on a list for the next planting season after they sign an agreement with
New River Conservancy promising not to disturb the planted material.
River Builder will supplement the cost to restore the riparian buffer with native plant material.
The landowner is responsible for for the remaining cost of the project.
**Riparian: related to or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (such as a river) or sometimes a lake.**


3) Educational Workshops

River Builder now offers Riparian Restoration Workshops
to educate the public on wate rshed topics and restoration techniques.

Workshops begin with classroom time to discuss hydrology, restoration techniques, and answer questions.
Workshop attendees then get to put theory to practice by going outside to learn how to install livestakes on a streambank.
**Livestakes: cuttings from live, mature shrubs that can be installed directly into the ground.**


For more information on how to participate in Riverbuilder...
Contact Chelsea Blount - restoration director : chelsea@newriverconservancy.org

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