CONWAY — The Mountain Garden Club will host a presentation on “The Importance of Riparian Buffers” on Jan. 13 at the North Conway Community Center.

The presenter will be Jessie Dubuque, USFS Saco Station ranger and wildlife biologist.

A riparian buffer, also known as a stream buffer, is a vegetated area comprised of grasses, flowering plants, shrubs, trees and other vegetation growing along a stream.

These buffer strips are frequently found in forested areas. They provide shade while protecting streams from the impact of use of adjacent land.

Scientific studies affirm that riparian buffers play a key role in ecological functions, thus having a positive impact on water quality in streams, rivers and lakes.

In her presentation, Dubuque will feature local benefits gleaned from riparian buffers, including suggestions as to how gardeners can incorporate buffers into their landscape plans.

The Mountain Garden Club extends an invitation to all. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m., followed by a business meeting at 10 a.m. The presentation begins at 11 a.m.

For more information, check the Mountain Garden Club website,

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