Riparian Areas of the Southwestern United States: Hydrology, Ecology, and Management

By Malchus B. Baker Jr.; Peter F. Ffolliott et al. | Go to book overview

Preface

Riparian areas in the southwestern United States have historically provided the water necessary for people, livestock and agricultural crops. Anglo settlers during the 1800s were attracted to riparian areas in this semiarid region where they enjoyed the forage and shade for themselves and their livestock and existed on the readily available wildlife and fish. Trees growing along stream banks were exploited for fuel, poles and local building materials. As human populations increased, the demand for water in this water-limited region dominated the management of regional riparian ecosystems, particularly after World War II. As a result, many uniquely structured ecosystems were altered by attempts to salvage water. Only within the last 25 to 30 years have people once again begun to recognize the value of diverse benefits associated with riparian areas. The changing management emphasis from the evolving human attitudes about the holistic importance of southwestern riparian areas is the focus of this book. As they have in the past, riparian research, planning and management issues continue to concern the flows of water and sediments; impacts of livestock grazing and other human activities on these fragile systems; maintenance of key wildlife and fish habitats; and vegetative structure, classification and patterns of plant succession.

This book is intended to provide decision makers, land-use planners, managers, technicians and other stakeholders with information for sustaining environmentally sound riparian areas, which are characteristic of the arid and semiarid climates of the southwestern United States. The book can be a useful reference for professionals and lay people working in watershed partnerships, councils and local organizations in the region. It serves as an interdisciplinary reference for programs focusing on improved stewardship of riparian areas.

This volume complements Riparian Management in Forests of the Continental Eastern United States, edited by Elon S. Verry, James W. Hornbeck and C. Andrew Dolloff, and published in 2000 by Lewis Publishers. Eastern and southwestern regions of the country differ in resource capabilities, potentials and uses; climatic and hydrologic regimes and extremes; geologic and physiographic features; vegetative compositions and structures; land-ownership patterns, management objectives and practices and institutional arrangements. These differences compel different treatments and, therefore, a need for both books. We invited experts from government agencies, universities and the private sector to write chapters for this book. Each of the resulting chapters reflects the contributor's experience in and knowledge of the topics and his or her comprehensive literature review and analysis.

Following the introduction, the book is organized into four parts: Background, Functioning, Inhabitants and Land Uses, and Management. Part One presents background considerations, including descriptions and classifications of riparian areas, their setting and historical perspectives. Part Two covers hydrology and impacts of disturbances on hydrologic functioning, linkages between riparian corridors and surrounding watersheds and the effects of human alterations on riparian ecosystems. Part Three describes the inhabitants of southwestern riparian ecosystems including plants, mammals, avifauna, herpetofauna, native and introduced fish, insects and

-vii-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Riparian Areas of the Southwestern United States: Hydrology, Ecology, and Management
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 408

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.