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The Arizona Riparian Area Advisory Committee: An experience in defining desired conditionsAuthor(s): K. E. Randall
Source: In: Shaw, Douglas W.; Finch, Deborah M., tech coords. Desired future conditions for Southwestern riparian ecosystems: Bringing interests and concerns together. 1995 Sept. 18-22, 1995; Albuquerque, NM. General Technical Report RM-GTR-272. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. p. 216-226.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station
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DescriptionCreated in 1992 by the Arizona Legislature, the Riparian Area Advisory Committee (RAAC) developed recommendations for protecting, maintaining, and restoring riparian areas in Arizona. These recommendations were submitted to the Legislature and to the Governor after concluding a two year period of study and discussion. The RAAC, consisting of 34 members broadly representative of federal and state agencies, tribal government, counties, municipalities, major economic resource user groups as well as environmental and recreational organizations, agreed on a Conservation Goal and on the broad outlines of a riparian area protection strategy that took a watershed approach. The adopted Conservation Goal was to sustain and enhance Arizona’s riparian areas by managing land, water, and resource uses to protect ecological integrity and functionality. RAAC recommended that cooperative efforts with local, state, federal governments and Indian tribes in the protection, maintenance and enhancement of riparian areas be encouraged. Direct involvement of local groups and citizen participation would be a cornerstone of these efforts. Riparian protection solutions should be unique to the circumstances of each area of the state. At the present time, the submitted recommendations have not resulted in changing any existing state regulatory authorities.
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CitationRandall, K. E. 1996. The Arizona Riparian Area Advisory Committee: An experience in defining desired conditions. In: Shaw, Douglas W.; Finch, Deborah M., tech coords. Desired future conditions for Southwestern riparian ecosystems: Bringing interests and concerns together. 1995 Sept. 18-22, 1995; Albuquerque, NM. General Technical Report RM-GTR-272. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. p. 216-226.
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