New York Field Office
Northeast Region

Riparian Restorations by Fencing

This 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.

Photo of the fencing projectct
A fencing project near completion. Note
degraded streambanks and lack of vegetation.
Partially improved land
One year after construction.
Beautifully restored riparian buffer zone
Two years after construction. The restored buffer zone provides many benefits.

Some of the benefits that are realized from riparian fencing include:
  • Improved fish and wildlife habitat
  • Improved herd health
  • Reduced run-off and sediments
  • Improved water quality
  • Stream bank stabilization
  • Provide nesting cover in buffer zone


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Last updated: October 27, 2014
All images by FWS unless otherwise noted.