Riparian buffers in New Zealand forestry

The use of riparian buffer areas for protection of streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands has a long history in New Zealand. Regional councils, forest owners and riparian area researchers in New Zealand were interviewed about their views on riparian buffer management. The most often mentioned perceived advantages of riparian buffers of native vegetation in exotic tree plantations were protection of water quality, aesthetics, better habitat for fish and wildlife, provision of clearly defined areas where logging should not take place and better public image for the forest industry. The most often mentioned perceived disadvantages were increased costs of logging, loss of productive land, maintenance of buffers (particularly with regard to regeneration of pines) and increased weed and pest (e.g. possums [Trichosurus spp.]) problems.

Author J. W. Gilliam, L. A. Schipper, P. N. Beets and M. McConchie
Year 1992
Secondary title New Zealand Forestry
Volume 37
Number 2
Pages 21-25