Buffers are areas of permanent vegetation located at the edge of agricultural fields and bordering sensitive or natural features such as watercourses. They can be comprised of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses. 

•    Reduces wind and water erosion
•    Stabilizes streams and banks
•    Slows runoff
•    Flooding protection
•    Reduces and traps sediments, pesticides, pathogens, and heavy metals
•    Enhances infiltration
•    Can provide a source of food, cover, and shelter for livestock and wildlife
•    Provides connecting corridors for wildlife to move from one habitat area to another
•    Water storage
•    Creates carbon sinks (carbon dioxide stored in trees)

Video: Buffer at Pemdale Farms