We've also served as consultants for projects involving riparian areas. (Sorry, we'd rather play with the plants than do mitigation. Propagate, not mitigate.) A few projects: restoration of creek banks severely impacted by human disturbance, islands in a coastal salt marsh, ecological review of salt march restoration, evaluation and mitigation of creek bank disturbance. Minimal soil disturbance promotes reestablishment of the indigenous plant community, by enhancing the growth of the native species, and inhibiting the germination and growth of alien plant species. Riparian areas are one of the most difficult habitats to restore because they are inherently disturbed every spring as water from seasonal rains lifts, moves, mixes, and deposits soil particles on its paths toward the sea.