Forest Landscape Restoration

Volume 15 of the series World Forests pp 93-109


Connecting Landscape Fragments Through Riparian Zones

  • Gary BentrupAffiliated withUS Forest Service, USDA National Agroforestry Center Email author 
  • , Mike DosskeyAffiliated withUS Forest Service, USDA National Agroforestry Center
  • , Gary WellsAffiliated withNatural Resources Conservation Service, USDA National Agroforestry Center
  • , Michele SchoenebergerAffiliated withUS Forest Service, USDA National Agroforestry Center

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Restoring forest ecosystem goods and services to agricultural landscapes can be a daunting challenge that stems from the unfeasibility of converting large tracts of food-producing land back into forest and of converting farmers and farming communities into forest managers. Natural science principles suggest that a resolution may be possible through restoration of forest in riparian zones. Riparian zones occupy a small portion of landscapes, but can yield high levels of multiple ecosystem goods and services. Success, however, will require application of social science principles that govern whether farmers, landholders, and communities accept and implement riparian forest restoration. Conducting a multi-scale planning process is important for integrating both natural and social science principles in a way that produces effective restoration plans and encourages their implementation.