The area between land and a river or stream is called a riparian zone. When riparian zones are healthy, they serve important roles in soil conservation, habitat biodiversity, and aquatic ecosystems.
In this episode of the Beef Research School series, Ken Lewis, conservation coordinator with Red Deer County, describes what to look for to assess the health of riparian zones on your land. Ken also explains where to find additional resources to help with riparian assessments.
Update: The following episode of the Beef Research School covered restoration of riparian zones: http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/riparian-management-part2-video/
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