Riparian Corridor 319

James River Riparian Corridor Restoration and Protection (Riparian Easements)

Volunteer Tree Planting

Thanks to a partnership between the City of Springfield, Ozark Greenways, and the James River Basin Partnership there is section of corridor along Wilson’s creek that received some much needed planting and protection.  Adding dense vegetation to the stream bank and to the adjacent  area helps stabilize the banks, provide habitat and  improve water quality.  To accomplish this mission we planted nearly 7,000 seedlings just north of the Springfield Wastewater Treatment Plant along the banks of Wilson’s Creek.  These planted areas along with additional sections which total nearly one mile on each side of the creek, will also be placed in a conservation easement to protect the area andthe associated water quality into the future.  On April 5th and 6th 2013 More than 170 volunteers participated in a planting event to assist in this goal.  Pictures of this event can be found here

See article in the Springfield News-leader.

Trees planted on this project:

Sandbar Willow

Salix interior


Cephalanthus occidentalis

Decidous Holly

Ilex decidua


Corylus americana

Wild Plum

Prunus sp.


Physocarpus opulifolius

Witch Hazel

Hamemelis vernalis

Silky Dogwood

Cornus obliqua

False Indigo

Amorpha fruicosa

Spice bush

Lindera benzoin


Sambucus canadensis

Black Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa

American Beauty Berry

Calicarpa americana

Rose Mallow

Hibiscus lasiocarpos

Green Hawthorn

Crataegus viridis

Bald Cypress

Taxodium distichum

River Birch

Betula nigra

River Birch

Betula nigra


Celtis occidentalis

Witch Hazel

Hamemelis vernalis

Swamp White Oak

Quercus bicolor

Willow Oak

Quercus phellos


Platanus occidentalis

Extra Large Bur Oak

Quercus macrocarpa

Extra Large Bald Cypress

Taxodium distichum

Extra Large Butternut

Junglans cinerea

Black Gum

Nyssa sylvatica


Diospyros viginiana

 Urban and agricultural land uses within the James River Basin have impaired significant portions of the riparian corridor.  Corridors where adequate vegetation occurs are becoming more at risk due to rapid land use changes such as rapid urbanization of sectors of the basin.  The protection and re-establishment of riparian corridor areas has become an increasing concern for watershed stakeholders as increased sediment and nutrients are being loaded into streams, rivers and lakes during storm events.

The objectives of this project are to:
1. Develop and implement a riparian Conservation Easement Program.
2. Retain 20 miles of riparian corridor systems in the Conservation Easement Program
3. Enhance or establish 10 miles of riparian corridor systems in high priority areas.
4. Create an educational program for riverfront property owners with regard to managing and protecting their riparian corridor systems.
5. Create a model riparian buffer ordinance and present the model ordinance to representatives of cities and counties within the James River Basin.
 The Conservation Easement Program is a basin-wide effort that will target areas of the James River watershed that include the Middle James, Finley, Lower James and Table Rock sub-watersheds in Christian, Greene and Stone counties.  Landowner participants will receive 100% of the costs incurred for establishment of a conservation easement.  These fees may include such things as land appraisal, alternative watering systems, fencing for cattle exclusion, land survey and legal fees related to development of the easement.
All established easements must include a minimum 100 ft. riparian corridor.  In addition, livestock must be excluded from property entered into the easement program.

 The Conservation Easement Program is divided into two sub-programs:
• Riparian Corridor Enhancement:  The Enhancement Program will be available to landowners who are participating in the Conservation Easement Program.  This program will offer 100% cost-share as the incentive for landowners donating a conservation easement for perpetuity.  These areas must exhibit less than optimal riparian corridor systems but have an established corridor system in place.  The participants in the Enhancement Program will receive 100% cost-share for practices to establish trees/grasses, stabilize stream banks and address excess soil erosion.

• Riparian Corridor Establishment:  Landowners participating in an Establishment Program will be required to put the newly established corridor system in the Conservation Easement Program.  This Establishment Program will offer a 90% cost-share incentive for landowners that donate a conservation easement for perpetuity.  The remaining 10% of the practice cost will be the responsibility of the landowners.

For more information the Riparian Easement Program please contact Joe Pitts, Executive Director, James River Basin Partnership at 417-836-8878.

 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, has provided partial funding for this project under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.”Riparian 319 # G09-NPS-11

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