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Forested Riparian Zones and their Benefit to Anadromous Fish in Chesapeake Bay

Publication date: November 11, 2001 | Type of document: Backgrounder | Download: Electronic Version

Riparian forests are essential interfaces between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. They intercept surface runoff, subsurface flow and deeper ground water flows for purposes of removing or buffering effects from nutrients, pesticides…

Restoring a Bay Resource: Forest & Riparian Buffer Demonstration Sites

Publication date: December 31, 1996 | Type of document: Report | Download: Electronic Version

The use of demonstration sites for riparian forest buffer establishment is one way to help accomplish the objectives of communication, education, and monitoring.The riparian forest buffers in this document are located in agricultural,…

Riparian Forest Buffers: Linking Land and Water

Publication date: July 01, 2004 | Type of document: Report | Download: Electronic Version

Riparian lands provide a wealth of ecological benefits. For example, trees along the shoreline help to filter pollutants and sediment from runoff and groundwater before they enter the waterways. Trees also provide important habitat…

Riparian Forest Buffer Panel Report: Technical Support Document

Publication date: February 28, 1997 | Type of document: Report

This report contains background material that describes in more detail the technical basis for the recommendations and elaborates on the implementation options in the Final Report of the Riparian Forest Buffer Panel.

Chesapeake Bay Riparian Handbook: A Guide for Establishing and Maintaining Riparian Forest Buffers

Publication date: June 01, 1998 | Type of document: Report | Download: Electronic Version

The purpose of this handbook is to provide professional land managers and planners with the latest information on the functions, design, establishment and management of riparian forest buffers.

Directive No. 94-1: Riparian Forest Buffers

Publication date: October 14, 1994 | Type of document: Directive | Download: Electronic Version

We now recognize that forests along waterways, also known as "riparian forests," are an important resource that protects water quality and provides habitat and food necessary to support fish survival and reproduction. Used as buffers,…

Adoption Statement on Riparian Forest Buffers

Publication date: October 10, 1996 | Type of document: Adoption Statement | Download: Electronic Version

In past commitments, we agreed to reduce nutrients, to restore habitat, to improve access to thousands of miles of habitat for migratory fish, and to enhance watershed management by developing and implementing tributary-specific…

The Role and Function of Forest Buffers For Nonpoint Source Management in the Chesapeake Bay Basin

Publication date: January 31, 1993 | Type of document: Report | Download: Electronic Version

This article discusses elements of the relationship between forests and water quality in the context of the forest buffer.

Directive No. 03-01: Expanded Riparian Forest Buffer Goals

Publication date: December 08, 2003 | Type of document: Directive | Download: Electronic Version

We, the members of the Chesapeake Executive Council, hereby reaffirm our commitment to restoring the Chesapeake Bay, in part, by protecting and restoring riparian lands along the watershed’s thousands of miles of stream and shoreline.

Riparian Forest Buffers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Publication date: December 31, 1996 | Type of document: Fact Sheet | Download: Electronic Version

Riparian forests are integral to the health of the Bay and its rivers for many reasons. Their position in the landscape makes these forests excellent buffers between upland areas and waters that eventually enter the Bay. Riparian…

Recommendations for the 2003 Directive on Expanded Riparian Buffer Goals in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Publication date: November 30, 2003 | Type of document: Report | Download: Electronic Version

As part of the Chesapeake 2000 agreement, Chesapeake Bay Program partners agreed to establish expanded goals for riparian forest buffer mileage in the Bay watershed by 2003. In response to that commitment, the Chesapeake Bay Program…

Riparian Forest Initiative

Publication date: November 10, 1995 | Type of document: Backgrounder | Download: Electronic Version

Through the efforts of the USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area, and its partners in the Forestry Workgroup, a riparian forest initative has brought more focus on the need to better manage riparian areas and to recognize forests along…

Final Report of the Riparian Forest Buffer Panel

Publication date: October 01, 1996 | Type of document: Report | Download: Electronic Version

This report contains the principal findings and recommendations of a Chesapeake Executive Council-appointed panel on riparian forest buffers. Background material which describes in more detail the technical basis for the recommendations…

Riparian Forest Buffer Panel Interim Report

Publication date: October 31, 1995 | Type of document: Report | Download: Electronic Version

Interim Report of the Riparian Forest Buffer Directive to the Chesapeake Executive Council

Forest & Riparian Buffer Conservation: Local Case Studies from the Chesapeake Bay Program

Publication date: August 01, 1996 | Type of document: Report | Download: Electronic Version

This publication is a collection of case-studies that highlight accomplishments of local governments and citizen organizations to recognize the importance of forests to their communities and to take action to retain and restore those…

Water Quality Functions of Riparian Forest Buffer Systems in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Publication date: August 01, 1995 | Type of document: Report

Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania, USA, have agreed to reduce nutrient loadings to Chesapeake Bay by 40% by the year 2000. This requires control of nonpoint sources of nutrients, much of which comes from agriculture. Riparian forest…

Riparian Forest Buffer Design and Maintenance

Publication date: June 01, 2005 | Type of document: Report | Download: Electronic Version

Riparian forest buffers are essential components of maintaining long-term stream and watershed health and resilience in the Chesapeake Bay region. Riparian forest buffers also provide valuable ecological functions for wildlife habitat…

Riparian Forest Buffers: Restoring and Managing a Vital Chesapeake Resource (Conference Proceedings, October 5-6, 1994, Ellicott City, Maryland)

Publication date: May 01, 1995 | Type of document: Report

On October 5-6, 1994, the Nutrient Subcommittee and Forestry Workgroup of the Chesapeake Bay Program hosted a conference on the subject of riparian forest buffers. Participants came together to discuss, debare and learn about the value…



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