Riparian Buffers for Conservation and Environmental Protection in Georgia
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has set a goal of enrolling 2 million miles of land in buffers by 2002 through the National Conservation Buffer Initiative Program. Buffers serve as effective measures in protecting water quality, providing wildlife habitat, preserving greenspace and enhancing recreational opportunities. Cost share programs, state initiatives and other conservation options can be utilized for increasing miles of riparian buffers in Georgia. These opportunities are discussed and current programs in other states that may serve as models are highlighted.