The riparian zone includes the banks of the creek and the surrounding land along the waterway. The biodiversity and health of the riparian habitat has a direct affect on the health of the stream as it acts as a natural buffer between the waterway and adjacent land use. This means that the vegetation of riparian habitats traps and filters contaminants from parking lots, roads, and yards, preventing them from entering and degrading the stream.
By planting a variety of native trees and shrubs along Junction Creek, we improve the riparian habitat and resilience of our environment, providing multiple benefits to local ecosystems as well as the community. A healthy riparian habitat offers habitat, food and shade for local wildlife; retains precipitation and act as carbon sinks to mitigate flooding and climate change; the roots stabilize the shore and act as natural filters for runoff entering the stream; and they provide beauty and tranquility to the trails and neighbourhood.
Public tree planting events usually occur in the Fall and are collaborated with help from community volunteer groups, grants, and support from local businesses. Under the guidance of our local ecologist and regreening expert Dr. Peter Beckett, we work with local businesses and schools along the creek to discuss ways to revitalize their riparian habitat and coordinate tree planting events.
For more information on tree planting in Sudbury, check out the City of Greater Sudbury's EarthCare Minute video on Plant Biodiversity & Regreening of Greater Sudbury.