Riparian Habitat Joint Venture

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Since its formation in 1994, the RHJV has sought to protect and enhance riparian habitat throughout California for native landbirds through a partnership made up of 18 agencies and organizations. Although the RHJV had become relatively inactive in recent years, interest and momentum was revived in October 2017 with the Riparian Summit, a 3-day conference featuring scientists, restoration practitioners, artists, and policymakers from across California and beyond.

Please note: This web page serves as a temporary place-holder, preserving archived RHJV information and resources from approximately 2007, until a more complete overhaul of the RHJV website can be undertaken.

What is riparian habitat?

Sacramento River

Riparian habitats are those plant communities supporting woody vegetation found along rivers, creeks and streams. Riparian habitat can range from a dense thicket of shrubs to a closed canopy of large mature trees covered by vines. Riparian systems are one of our most important and most neglected, renewable natural resources. While small in total area when compared to California’s size, they are of special value as wildlife habitat. Over 135 species of California birds such as the Willow Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Red-shouldered Hawk either completely depend upon riparian habitats or use them preferentially at some stage of their life history. Riparian habitat provides food, nesting habitat, cover, and migration corridors. Another 90 species of mammals, reptiles, invertebrates and amphibians such as California red-legged frog, Valley elderberry longhorn beetle and riparian brush rabbit depend on California’s riparian habitats. Riparian habitat also provides riverbank protection, erosion control and improved water quality, as well as numerous recreational and aesthetic values.

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