Explaining Streamside Management Zones

In North Carolina, forestry activities must establish and maintain a streamside management zone (SMZ) alongside certain types of streams and bodies of water. These requirements are defined within the statewide mandatory regulations called the Forest Practices Guidelines Related to Water Quality, or ‘FPGs’.

Riparian Buffers

A riparian buffer is vegetated land adjacent to a stream or water body. The vegetation benefits water quality and habitat by helping to regulate temperature, add organic matter (leaves and twigs), assist in pollution reduction and provide wildlife habitat.

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