Stream Reforestation

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reforestation2Urban streams have become the focus of restoration efforts in many parts of the country. Communities increasingly recognize the value of healthy aquatic systems within urban areas and are taking steps to improve the quality of their degraded streams. These efforts also enhance the urban environment and provide recreational areas.

The City's Stormwater Management Division addresses water pollution and improves the quality of Greensboro's streams. The implementation of vegetated stream buffers is one important step toward reducing pollutants in our streams. Stream buffers filter pollutants, shade and cool the water, provide channel stability and storage for flood waters. Stream buffers also allow for the development of natural stream meanders, increase the diversity of aquatic life, provide areas for recreational opportunities, filter air and noise pollution, and enhance wildlife habitat.

trapezoidIn the past, many of Greensboro's stream corridors on public property were mowed on a periodic basis. This practice gave the appearance of a manicured, park-like setting. Although this may have been aesthetically pleasing to certain residents, mowing stream corridors was detrimental to water quality and the stream's ecosystem. In 1994, Greensboro adopted a "no mow" policy to improve water quality by allowing vegetation to grow up along City streams.

Stormwater Management has facilitated a committee of community representatives to develop and provide recommendations for implementation of stream channel buffers on public property. In 1999, the committee finalized its "Stream Maintenance Guidelines," a revised approach to the original "no mow."

reforestationStream corridor buffers use a two-zoned approach. Zone One is the streamside buffer that consists of woody vegetation and shrubbery of up to 50 feet on each side of the stream in most cases. Zone Two is located outside the area of woody vegetation and consists primarily of turf grass.

From 2001-2003, nearly 18,000 trees were planted in 32 park areas in various communities. Within the buffer area, native tree species were planted to help "jump start" the weedy growth of the buffer area. As the trees mature, the vegetated stream buffers will become a treasured community asset and help protect our valuable water resources. For the duration of the project, there will be limited ongoing maintenance to control invasive vines and competing vegetation. View map of location sites.

Stream Reforestation Sites
  1. Arboretum / Lindley Park
  2. Ardmore
  3. Bingham
  4. Bluford
  5. British Woods
  6. Bywood
  7. Cone Blvd.
  8. Cumberland
  9. Greenhaven
  10. Greentree
  11. Hampton
  12. Hannaford
  13. Hunter Hills
  14. Kersey Natural Area
  15. Kings Forest
  16. Lake Daniel
  17. Latham
  18. Lindley
  19. Murchie Street
  20. O’Henry Oaks
  21. Randleman Road
  22. Revolution
  23. Rolling Roads
  24. Shannon Hills
  25. Shannon Woods
  26. Southmont
  27. Spring Valley Natural Area
  28. Textile Drive
  29. The Canyon (Barber Park area)
  30. Twin Lakes
  31. Woodlea Lakes
  32. Woodmere

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