Riparian

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A deciduous riparian forest on a tributary of the St. Louis River, Cloquet, Minnesota.

Of or pertaining to the banks of a natural watercourse. This term is most often used to describe the transition zone between aquatic habitats in streams and upland areas. The particular habitat that is supported in this zone is extremely valuable as wild life nesting, forage, cover and migration corridors, provides favorable conditions within the adjacent aquatic habitat (shade for cool water temperatures and clear channels, cover, nutrients, woody debris), and stabilizes stream and riverbanks.