Protecting Riparian Areas: Farmland Management Strategies

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By Barbara C. Bellows

Published: 2003

Updated: 2003



36 pages


This publication is designed to help farmers, watershed managers, and environmentalists understand what healthy riparian areas look like, how they operate, and why they are important for the environment and society. It also provides information on the costs and benefits of riparian management and discusses how watershed residents can work together to protect this vital resource. Tables included in the publication are designed to help you evaluate riparian protection strategies from the perspective of your local environment, surrounding land use practices, and land management objectives. 36 pages.

Table of Contents

Upland Land Management and Riparian Health
What do Riparian Areas Look Like?
Water and Sediment Capture by Riparian Areas
Water Decontamination by Riparian Soils
Riparian Areas and Habitat Preservation
Land Management Practices to Protect Riparian Areas
Community Watershed Collaboration to Protect Riparian Areas
Appendix 1: Impacts of Local Ecology on Riparian Characteristics
Appendix 2: Guidelines for Riparian Area Revegetation
Appendix 3: Limited Ability of Riparian Areas to Control Phosphorus Movement into Streams
Appendix 4: Recommended Buffer Widths
Appendix 5: Economic Costs and Benefits of Riparian Buffer Protection
Tables 1-4 and A1-A3

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