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Across the western United States, many lowland riparian areas have been negatively affected by invasive plant species, most notably, tamarisk and Russian olive. Restoration of these areas, through passive or active revegetation, can confer a number of benefits, including: improved wildlife habitat, wildfire risk reduction, flood mitigation, enhancement of safe outdoor recreational opportunities. The resources provided in this section provide background on the impacts of invasive species, detail other ecosystem stressors affecting riparian habitat, and describe myriad benefits of restored riparian ecosystems. Several commonly used documents are also provided in the Top Ten Resources section.