The Big Wood River’s floodplain is home to unique and important plants and wildlife. You have likely seen elk, moose, fox, and a variety of birds along the river; you may even fish from your own backyard. As a floodplain homeowner, you experience the beauty and unique qualities of the area first-hand.
The natural processes that make the river such a desirable neighbor-the sound of rushing water, the wildlife it attracts, and the lush plant life it nurture-may also lead to flooding and bank erosion that can damage private property in the floodplain. Your actions can protect your property while preserving important aspects of the river’s natural functions. One of the best ways to protect your home and the river is to use native landscaping.
This brochure provides information about the importance of the floodplain’s function in our valley and describes how the use of native landscaping can protect your property and the floodplain.