Here is an informative video from the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry in the U.S. about riparian forest buffers. Landowners and riparian management specialists discuss the benefits of riparian buffers and the process of establishing and maintaining them. Although this video features a landscape located in a different region (e.g. Iowa), and there might be a few different species, the riparian ecological functions and management principles are essentially the same.
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A message to agri. producers from agri. professionals
In this 3 minute video, Darren and Brian Hefty from Ag PhD make a simple case for keeping riparian areas healthy and in permanent cover.
The Texas Riparian Association produced a series of one-page information sheets on riparian function and management. They are written in friendly language and enjoyable to read while being very informative. Although Texas and Manitoba have significantly different climates, most (if not all) of the principles of maintaining healthy riparian areas are the the same. Have a read and strengthen your toolbox!
The United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a “practical agroforestry handbook that contains information to help establish, manage and market agroforestry projects that are profitable and sustainable over time”.
The information is targeted to growers in the southeastern U.S.A., but landowners in other regions may be able to adapt the practices and species used to suit local conditions. This guide may also spark some creative ideas about how to seek multiple benefits from agroforestry BMPs. For example, shrubs planted to function as riparian buffers could also serve for berry production. What potential exists in your operation that you had not considered?
A link to the document can be found in the article, which can be viewed here: USDA Releases Agroforestry Guide For Farmers, Woodland Owners | USDA Newsroom.
This recently published article in the journal Carbon Balance and Management suggests that restoring riparian buffers to mature forests not only functions to improve water quality in waterways by reducing sediment and nutrient input, but also reduces atmospheric CO2. The authors also emphasize the significance of headwater interfaces regarding water quality.
“Headwater riparian zones are particularly important hotspots for influencing water quality because 90% of the interface between uplands and aquatic systems occurs in headwater reaches. This makes headwater reaches the major recipient of nonpoint source pollution in agricultural landscapes.”