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

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Covers the management of high-use, high-value ecosystems Addresses a critical need as riparian areas rapidly disappear in the Southwest Provides a holistic view of these multiple-use ecosystems, including hydrologic functioning, habitats, restoration, and social aspects of land uses and their management Riparian Areas of the Southwestern United States: Hydrology, Ecology, and Management 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566706261
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents



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


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