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Title: Design recommendations for riparian corridors and vegetated buffer strips
Authors: Fischer, Richard A., Jr., 1964-
Fischenich, J. Craig, 1962-
Keywords: Riparian areas
Biotic communities
Publisher: Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Note (Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC TN-EMRRP-SR-24
Abstract: Riparian zones occur as transitional areas between aquatic and upland terrestrial habitats. Although not always well-defined (Fischer et al. 2000), they generally can be described as long, linear strips of vegetation adjacent to streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and other inland aquatic systems that affect or are affected by the presence of water. Riparian zones typically comprise a small percentage of the landscape, often less than 1 percent, yet they frequently harbor a disproportionately high number of wildlife species and perform a disparate number of ecological functions when compared to most upland habitats. Riparian zones have been widely recognized as functionally unique and dynamic ecosystems only within the past 25 years. Even more recently, these areas have become a major focus in the restoration and management of landscapes (Knopf et al. 1988, Naiman, Décamps, and Pollock 1993). Unfortunately, many riparian zones in North America do not function properly (e.g., they are degraded to the point that they do not protect water quality or provide the resources needed to make them suitable as wildlife habitat or as movement corridors). This degradation also negatively affects many of the other important functions and values these landscape features provide.
Description: Technical Note
Gov't Doc #: ERDC TN-EMRRP-SR-24
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited
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