Rivercane (Arundinaria gigantea) is America’s only native bamboo. Actually, it is a type of grass that for hundreds of years was nature’s un-rivaled green infrastructure. Rivercane was here before the Europeans came and was a central part of the Cherokee Indian culture. At first glance it looks like non-native bamboo that is prevalent throughout the southeast, but it is not. Cane favors stream banks and is more effective than hardwood trees to stabilize the bank from erosion and filter run-off pollutants. It also provides critical habitat for a variety of wildlife, mammals, birds, and insects, some of which are dependent on cane for their survival.
The Rivercane Restoration Project is made possible through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Georgia Power. The project’s goal is to restore cane on two five acre demonstration sites along the South River in Panola Mountain State Park and DeKalb County’s Pole Bridge Wastewater Treatment Plant property.
This website is intended to increase the community’s knowledge about rivercane and spur action in support of its restoration and conservation along the South River and across the southeast.
"Now at once opens to view, perhaps the most extensive cane-brake that is to be seen on the face of the whole earth . . . The canes are ten feet in height, and as thick as an ordinary walking-staff...”
1. Land types that surround rivercane stands are in layers that can be click on and off.
2. Dots denote sporadic growths of rivercane
3. Yellow polygons denote large stands of rivercane called canebrake
4. Click on an individual stand for acreage
5. Heavy broken line denotes electrical power line