PLANNING FOR MULTI-PURPOSE RIPARIAN MANAGEMENT
, Mike Dosskey
, Kelly Klenke
, Tim Leininger
, Michele Schoeneberger
, and Gary Wells
Proper riparian management can provide numerous environmental, social, and economic benefits.
At the USDA National
Agroforestry Center, we are tailoring the land-use planning process to facilitate riparian management in the Western Corn Belt
ecoregion for multiple benefits.
This planning framework integrates regional, landscape and site scale planning approaches into a
In this framework, regional and landscape-scale public issues are addressed along with site-scale landowner
objectives to facilitate balanced management plans providing broad mutual benefits.
Our question-driven framework provides
general guidance for inventory and analysis, preparation of planning objectives, and development and evaluation of management
options. To support the planning framework, planning tools and data are being developed to assist stakeholders in creating riparian
Riparian Management, Corn Belt Region, Riparian Planning, Spatial Scales, Geographic Information Systems
Intensive agricultural production in the Western Corn Belt ecoregion (Fig. 1) has created an undesirable decline in the
condition of the region’s riparian areas due to single focus management.
In contrast, holistic riparian management can provide
numerous environmental, social, and economic benefits. For example, riparian areas can be managed to improve water quality and
wildlife habitat, provide aesthetically-pleasing greenways, and yield commodities. Effective riparian management must balance
multiple issues, however a comprehensive planning framework for doing so does not currently exist.
At the USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC), we are
tailoring the land-use planning process to facilitate riparian
management for multiple benefits in the Western Corn Belt
ecoregion (as defined in this paper) (Fig. 1). In this framework,
regional and landscape-scale public issues are addressed along with
site-scale landowner objectives to facilitate balanced management
plans providing mutual benefits.
In order to accomplish this, it is
critical to consider information from several spatial and temporal
scales. This framework integrates regional, landscape, and site scale
information (scales defined in Fig. 2).
The framework also
incorporates a temporal perspective to provide a better understanding
of the dynamics of the riparian ecosystem.
integration of temporal and spatial information along with
community and landowner objectives promotes the creation of a
holistic riparian management plan.
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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – Northern Plains Region, Lincoln, NE 68503
USDA National Agroforestry Center- Natural Resources Conservation Service, East Campus-UNL, Lincoln, NE 68583.