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The Role of Riparian Corridors in Maintaining Regional Biodiversity

Robert J. Naiman, Henri Decamps and Michael Pollock
Ecological Applications
Vol. 3, No. 2 (May, 1993), pp. 209-212
Published by: Wiley
DOI: 10.2307/1941822
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1941822
Page Count: 4
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The Role of Riparian Corridors in Maintaining Regional Biodiversity
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Abstract

Riparian corridors possess an unusually diverse array of species and environmental processes. This @'ecological@' diversity is related to variable flood regimes, geomorphic channel processes, altitudinal climate shifts, and upland influences on the fluvial corridor. This dynamic environment results in a variety of life history strategies, and a diversity of biogeochemical cycles and rates, as organisms adapt to disturbance regimes over broad spatio-temporal scales. These facts suggest that effective riparian management could ameliorate many ecological issues related to land use and environmental quality. We contend that riparian corridors should play an essential role in water and landscape planning, in the restoration of aquatic systems, and in catalyzing institutional and societal cooperation for these efforts.