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Woody Plant Selection for Riparian Agroforestry Projects

Riparian buffer strips primarily function to protect and enhance water resources while maintaining a reservoir of plant and animal diversity. In agroforestry practices, riparian buffer strip establishment entails the deliberate planting or management of existing plant species to enhance those qualities important in mitigating nonpoint-source pollution. These systems can provide numerous other benefits; such as enhanced wildlife, wood and other specialty products, and landscape beautification, depending on the diversity and arrangement of the plant materials. Riparian buffer management strategies will necessarily have to take into account plant attributes and interactions that enable these multiple benefits to be reaped. The need to maintain and establish riparian systems is projected to escalate as their ecological and economic roles in the landscape are better documented. This demand will necessitate a supply of diverse, native or locally-adapted shrubs and trees suitable for riparian buffer systems; thus representing a potential new market for nursery producers of conservation planting materials.

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Author(s): Michele M. Schoeneberger

Publication: National Nursery Proceedings - 1993

Event: Northeastern and Intermountain Forest Nursery Associations
1993 - St. Louis, MO

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