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    Author(s): David M. Merritt; Mary E. Manning; Nate Hough-Snee
    Date: 2017
    Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-367. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 37 p.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Riparian areas are hotspots of biological diversity that may serve as high quality habitat for fish and wildlife. The National Riparian Core Protocol (NRCP) provides tools and methods to assist natural resource professionals in sampling riparian vegetation and physical characteristics along wadeable streams. Guidance is provided for collecting basic information on riparian vegetation composition and physical structure in fluvial riparian ecosystems. The NRCP provides a foundation to assess the characteristics and condition of channels and riparian vegetation at a single point in time or in response to changes in land- and water-use activities, including restoration, or natural processes through time.

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    Merritt, David M.; Manning, Mary E.; Hough-Snee, Nate, eds. 2017. The National Riparian Core Protocol: A riparian vegetation monitoring protocol for wadeable streams of the conterminous United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-367. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 37 p.

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    floodplains, monitoring, protocol, riparian vegetation, valley bottom classification, vegetation assessment, wadeable streams

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