Why Plant Trees and Shrubs?

Shorelines naturally contain a variety of trees and shrubs. Whether it’s by the lake, a stream, a creek, or a pond, shorelines provide food, means for clean water, and habitat for local organisms and wildlife. The plants within the riparian zone (area between the upland zone and the shoreline) acts as a buffer and contributes to these factors.

The riparian zone forms a corridor between land and water, allowing animals to travel between different biomes. Lining the border of the water, the riparian zone provides distinct rich, moist soils in which diverse plant communities can grow. Specifically, our planting events will enhance the riparian zone, as well as the uplands (above the high water mark of a riparian zone or lake shore). Deep plant roots may discourage the soil from loosening (reducing erosion). Additionally, the plants can filter pollutants and litter (i.e. plastic waste) that may flow into the water from nearby municipal areas.

Planting events also encourage citizens to engage with their local city’s environment and community. Volunteers taking part in tree planting events are trained how to plant trees safely and securely, and are also made aware of the significance of their actions to the areas they are working in. Volunteers also meet experts and other passionate naturalists, in which they can connect and learn from each other. Together, we can become strong stewards of our land.