has been a very popular program within the state of New York. Typically,
riparian fencing involves constructing two or three strand high tensile
electric or non-electric fence along streams to limit the access of cattle
or other livestock to waterways. A buffer zone is created between pasture
and stream. A typical buffer zone may be 30 feet, but the larger the area
the more benefits are gained. It is very beneficial to fish and wildlife
habitat, water quality and farm operation.
A fencing project near completion. Note
degraded streambanks and lack of vegetation.
One year after construction.
Two years after construction. The restored buffer zone
provides many benefits.
of the benefits that are realized from riparian fencing include: