Healthy rivers depend on healthy riparian buffers – reducing water temperature by increasing shade in the summer months, improving water quality through enhanced functioning of riparian buffers, enhancing native plant communities and improving long–term community stewardship capacity for these riparian environments.
what is knotweed and why control it?
Once established, knotweed forms dense stands that crowd out native vegetation and clog small waterways, increasing bank erosion and lowering the quality of riparian habitat for fish and wildlife. Forterra is working with communities along the Skykomish River, focusing on a long-term plan to manage invasive plants and restore salmon habitat throughout the river system.
Forterra is partnered with public and private partners to stop the spread of knotweed and other invasive weeds on the Skykomish River to improve and enhance water quality and wildlife habitat.
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Forterra’s Riparian Restoration team worked with dozens of partners, from city and county governments, other nonprofits, community groups and individual landowners. Working at a landscape scale is a huge challenge that requires collaboration.