Do we need to manage buffers?
Land use and management in buffers should complement the riparian vegetation and natural processes. Follow these tips to manage buffers:
- Livestock grazing, if it occurs, should be carefully managed, with a limited season of use that allows plants to recover each time grazing occurs.
- When grazing riparian areas, provide alternate sources of water and shade for livestock. Off-stream water reduces bank trampling.
- Promote riparian plants that colonize exposed areas and stabilize banks.
- Eradicate noxious weeds in and adjacent to the buffer.
- Keep buildings, most fences, vehicles, trash and chemicals that could pollute the water, or piles of debris that would obstruct water flow, out of the buffer.
- Manage vegetation for safety, but never remove all vegetation from the buffer.