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Buffer Zone Maintenance

What is a buffer zone and why is maintaining it so important?
Wetlands, rivers, streams and ponds don't thrive in isolation, but depend on the land surrounding them to keep them healthy. Buffer zones were set up by the State and Town of Dudley to help keep wetlands healthy and do what they do best; filtering out stormwater runoff pollutants, providing habitats for wildlife and securing river and stream banks against erosion. Keeping native plants in the buffer zone helps to maintain ponds, streams and wetlands in their natural state.

What is a Native Plant?
Native plants (also called indigenous plants) have evolved over thousands of years to adapt to the geography, hydrology and climate of a particular region. Native plants form communities with other plants that provide habitat for a variety of local wildlife species like birds and butterflies. Maintaining a living filter of native vegetation along wetlands will intercept pollutants, slow down runoff from adjacent lands, provide wildlife habitat and reduce the need for watering, pesticides and herbicides.