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Riparian Areas of the Southwestern United States: Hydrology, Ecology, and Management

Edited By: Malchus B Baker

408 pages, illus.

CRC Press

Hardback | Dec 2003 | #138033 | ISBN: 1566706262
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Provides hydrologists, watershed managers, land-use planners, related decision makers, and educators with a comprehensive account of the multiple benefits and potential conflicts arising from the uniquely structured ecosystems of arid and semi-arid regions. The text addresses research, planning, and management concerns for these fragile ecosystems in relation to impacts of flows of water and sediment, livestock grazing and other human activities, maintenance of key wildlife and fish habitats, vegetative structure, classification, and patterns of plant succession.


Introduction. Definitions and Classifications. Setting and History. Hydrology and Impacts of Disturbances on Hydrologic Function. Linkages between Riparian Corridors and Surrounding Watersheds. Human Alterations of Riparian Ecosystems. Riparian Flora. Mammals, Avifauna, and Herpetofauna. Native Fishes: Their Status, Threats, and Conservation. Insects and Other Invertebrates: Ecological Roles and Indicators of Riparian and Stream Health. Livestock Grazing in Riparian Areas: Environmental Impacts, Management Practices, Management Implications. Wildlife Population and Habitat Management Practices. Fish Habitats: Conservation and Management Implications. Water Availability and Recreational Opportunities. Riparian Ecosystem Assessments. Restoration of Riparian Ecosystems. Institutional Limitations to Management and Use of Riparian Resources. Conclusion. Index.

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