Bentrup-etal_2000awra

Bentrup-etal_2000awra - Bentrup, G., M.G. Dosskey, M.M....

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PLANNING FOR MULTI-PURPOSE RIPARIAN MANAGEMENT Gary Bentrup 1* , Mike Dosskey 1 , Kelly Klenke 2 , Tim Leininger 1 , Michele Schoeneberger 1 , and Gary Wells 3 ABSTRACT 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 unified framework. 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 management plans. KEY TERMS Riparian Management, Corn Belt Region, Riparian Planning, Spatial Scales, Geographic Information Systems INTRODUCTION 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. The hierarchical integration of temporal and spatial information along with community and landowner objectives promotes the creation of a holistic riparian management plan. 1 * To whom correspondence should be addressed. Ph. (402) 437-5178 ext. 18 Email: gbentrup@fs.fed.us 2 USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – Northern Plains Region, Lincoln, NE 68503 3 USDA National Agroforestry Center- Natural Resources Conservation Service, East Campus-UNL, Lincoln, NE 68583.
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