Prevent Flooding with Multi-functional Streamside Buffer Zones

University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry
Thursday, 21st January 2016

Ignore the Dallas style music in the introduction, this is an excellent film about how to design multi-functional, biodiverse zones (riparian buffers) to prevent stream bank erosion and flooding whilst enhancing wildlife and diversifying crops. These zones can earn farmers and landowners money both in funding (in the USA) plus developing crops like twisted willow for flowr arrangers, hazelnuts, fibres, and hay in the third zone.

Riparian forest buffers are natural or re-established streamside forests made up of tree, shrub and grass plantings. They suck shallow nutrients from shallow water and can prevent leachates contaminating the watercourse. They can also improve aquatic habitats for fish.

Learn the basics of establishing a riparian buffer practice, understand the development of three zones, and how profitable products can be implemented into the buffer.

This is an excellent resource for permaculture designers. This film makes you wonder why all streams don't have them as they make both ecological and economic sense.

Agroforestry Practices - Riparian Forest Buffers - Center for Agroforestry 2004 - DVD AF1008 - University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry.

Further resources

Using permaculture design to prepare for floods

What we do to nature, we do to ourselves

Watch: Understanding patterns in nature with permaculture

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