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Why add edible and floral plants to riparian forest buffers?

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Working Trees Info Sheet: What is a riparian forest buffer?

This Working Trees Info Sheet highlights the benefits and issues that riparian forest buffers can address or provide. It's part of the latest NAC product line with more to come in the future.

Riparian Forest Buffers

Riparian Forest Buffer

Riparian forest buffers are natural or re-established streamside forests made up of tree, shrub, and grass plantings. They buffer non-point source pollution of waterways from adjacent land, reduce bank erosion, protect aquatic environments, enhance wildlife, and increase biodiversity.

Related Publications

Agroforestry Notes

  • Riparian Forest Buffers: An Agroforestry Practice, Agroforestry Note #49, Riparian Forest Buffers #1
  • Riparian Buffers For An Agricultural Land
  • How To Design A Riparian Buffer For Agricultural Land
  • Riparian Buffer Design For Cropland

Inside Agroforestry

  • Volume 19, Issue 1: Riparian Forest Buffer "Apps" For Your Smart Farm
  • Summer 2005: Water Quality
  • Summer 2004: Agroforestry Tools
  • Winter / Spring 2004: Wildlife
  • Winter 2003: 2002 Farm Bill
  • Spring 2001: Buffers
  • Spring 2000: Status Of Our Nation's Water
  • Spring 1999: Wildlife
  • Fall 1998 / Winter 1999: Small Farms
  • Fall 1997: Riparian Forest Buffers / Short Rotation Woody Crops
  • Summer 1997: Agriculture/Community Interface
  • Spring 1997: Marketing Agroforestry
  • Spring 1994: Soil Bioengineering
  • Winter 1993: Trees/CRP
  • Fall 1993: Water Quality

Research Publications

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Working Trees

  • Working Trees For Agriculture
  • Working Trees For Communities
  • Working Trees For Water Quality
  • Working Trees For Wildlife

Working Trees Info Sheets

  • What is a riparian forest buffer?
  • Why add edible and floral plants to riparian forest buffers?

Specialty Forest Products

  • Marketing Specialty Forest Products (4 pages)
  • Productive Conservation: Growing Specialty Forest Products In Agroforestry Plantings (4 pages)
  • Edible Woody Landscapes For People And Wildlife (4 pages)
  • Hybrid Hazelnuts: An Agroforesty Opportunity (4 pages)

Additional Brochures

  • National Association Of RC&D Councils (NARC&DC) Report: RC&D Survey Of Agroforestry Practices
  • Agroforestry In The United States: Research And Technology Transfer Needs For The Next Millennium

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Árboles Trabajando

  • Árboles Trabajando En Beneficio De La Agricultura


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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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