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Riparian Forest Buffers: An Agroforestry Practice

Riparian forest buffers can provide a variety of benefits including improved water quality and enhanced wildlife habitat. This introductory Agroforestry Note provides insight into the objectives and design of riparian forest buffers. It is part of a series of Agroforestry Notes on riparian forest buffers.

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USDA National Agroforestry Center
1945 North 38th Street
UNL-East Campus
Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0822

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Susan Stein, Director

USDA Forest Service, Research and Development
Mail Stop 1115
1400 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-1123

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About Agroforestry

Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Agroforestry takes advantage of the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. Agroforestry practices include:

About the NAC

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) had its origins in the 1990 Farm Bill. It began as a Forest Service Research and State & Private Forestry effort in 1992 and expanded into a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1995. It is administered by the Forest Service's, Washington, DC, Office of Research and Development. NAC offices are located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

NAC accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals.

About Working Trees

The right trees planted in the right places for the right reasons can add value to land-use systems. That's the Working Trees message that helps natural resource professionals, community leaders, and landowners identify with the concept of agroforestry. NAC uses the Working Trees theme to promote the development of sustainable agriculture and communities.


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