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Riparian Management Practices: A Summary of State Guidelines

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Individual states develop guidelines to protect and manage forest riparian resources. A review of 49 states' forest riparian guidelines revealed the primary focus is to protect the quality of water adjacent to perennial and intermittent streams and lakes. A commonly recommended riparian management zone is 50 feet wide with 50 to 75 percent crown closure (or 50–75 square feet per acre of residual basal area); however, the specific guidelines in each state vary tremendously. Although science cannot specify the management prescriptions needed to protect all riparian functions across all sites, understanding site-specific conditions is critical to effective guideline implementation.

Keywords: best management practices; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; water quality

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Professor and Extension Specialist in Forest Management University of Minnesota, 1530 Cleveland Avenue North, St. Paul, MN, 55108, 2: Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Economics University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Former Executive Director Minnesota Forest Resources Council

Publication date: 2001-08-01

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