Riparian Zone Protection
Streams, wetlands, and riparian areas are some of the most valuable natural areas. From an ecological / biological perspective, riparian areas are among the most productive wildlife habitat on the continent. Because of their ecological importance, the protection of riparian areas is a top priority with most state and federal conservation agencies. Riparian areas also are some of the best sites for producing high-quality wood products.
This research effort evaluates the opportunity costs of different stream side management zone (SMZ) protection options for different combinations of stand types and logging technologies. These opportunity/capital recovery costs will be compared with the ecological benefits of different SMZs using the principles of benefit/cost analysis.
The results will quantify the costs and ecological benefit tradeoffs of implementing alternative buffer zone widths to protect riparian areas. The results should be valuable to managers, planners, landowners, and loggers considering using alternative width buffer zones to protect riparian areas.
LeDoux, Chris B; Wilkerson, Ethel. 2006. A case study assessing opportunity costs and ecological benefits of alternative streamside management zones and logging systems for Eastern hardwood forests. Res. Pap. NRS-1. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 16 p.
- Dr. Chris B. LeDoux, US Forest Service- Northern Research Station, Industrial Engineer (Retired)
- Ms. Ethel Wilkerson, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
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- Toni Jones, US Forest Service - Northern Research Station, Computer Programmer
Last Modified: 03/03/2016