Creeks & Wildlife Over the years we’ve been managing a restoration program for the riparian zones on the property. The broad banks of our creeks and rivers are critical core habitat areas that allow desirable, native wildlife to thrive. We’ve planted native conifers and willows along creek banks to minimize erosion and shade the water during warm months. We apply no herbicides on the creek banks, instead we use weed-eaters to trim grasses. We’ve removed wild blackberries and wild grapes, by hand. These plants are hosts to the blue green sharpshooter, an insect that can spread Pierce’s disease.