Riparian Forest Buffer Design and Maintenance

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Anne Hairston-Strange, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service

This guide has been prepared as a resource for those who wish to establish a forest buffer efficiently, effectively, and with a minimum of maintenance. This guide is meant to help match the specific circumstances of a planting project and site with suitable techniques designed to avoid or minimize some common problems. It includes guidance on the purpose of the buffer, site preparation steps, species selection, planting density, post-planting protection of the site, and maintenance.