A unique quarterly magazine dedicated to celebrating Michigan’s vast natural legacy of awe inspiring inland lakes and streams, and exploring the resource stewardship activities of those fortunate enough to reside on their ecologically sensitive shorelines, Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations is the Publisher of The Michigan Riparian Magazine.  Published since 1965, the magazine’s historical archive portrays a rich chronicle detailing the life and times of the people, politics, science, and important issues that have defined Michigan’s storied waterfronts for over half a century.”


A riparian zone or riparian area is the interface between land and a river or stream. Riparian is also the proper nomenclature for one of the fifteen terrestrial biomes of the earth. Plant habitats and communities along the river margins and banks are called riparian vegetation, characterized by hydrophilic plants. Riparian zones are significant in ecology, environmental management, and civil engineering because of their role in soil conservation, their habitat biodiversity, and the influence they have on fauna and aquatic ecosystems. Riparian zones occur in many forms including grassland, woodland, wetland or even non-vegetative. In some regions the terms riparian woodland, riparian forest, riparian buffer zone, or riparian strip are used to characterize a riparian zone. The word “riparian” is derived from Latin ripa, meaning river bank.

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