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Riparian Communities and Related Topics

An Annotated Bibliography


Riparian communities, vegetative zones associated with rivers and streams, are critically important habitats, especially in arid or semi-arid situations, such as the American West. Plants and animals reach far greater levels of diversity and abundance there than in nearby habitats. In addition, riparian areas provide enormous benefits for agriculture, recreation, and other economic activities. These divergent values have resulted in serious impacts to many riparian areas and have pointed to the need for careful and considered management.

This bibliography is intended to help those interested in riparian areas, particularly in the western United States.

Acknowledgment: We are grateful to Allan E. Thomas of the Idaho Bureau of Land Management for this resource.


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This is one of several Northern Prairie resources on this site dealing with ecological habitats and their restoration. See also the following annotated bibliographies: Wetland Restoration Bibliography, Savanna Restoration Bibliography, and Bibliography of Fire Effects and Related Literature.


This resource is based on the following sources:

Thomas, Allan E., and Cheryl Wentzell.  1986.  A bibliography of riparian topics with emphasis on the Intermountain West.  Idaho Bureau of Land Management Technical Bulletin 86-4.  72pp.

Clifton, Catherine, and Allan E. Thomas.  1988.  A bibliography of riparian and related topics with emphasis on the Intermountain West.  Idaho Bureau of Land Management Technical Bulletin 88-2.  69pp.

Fisher, Helen M., and Allan E. Thomas.  1990.  Riparian communities: An annotated bibliography of ecosystem and management topics with emphasis on the Intermountain West. Idaho Bureau of Land Management Technical Bulletin 90-7.  77pp.

This resource should be cited as:

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.  1996.  Riparian communities and related topics: An annotated bibliography.  Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.  http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/literatr/riparian/index.htm (Version 30SEP2002).

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