Successfully navigating the riparian health assessment procedure benefits from three key habits: tuning your eyes, taking good notes and being systematic. Tips on answering the RHA questions are provided.
Pro-tips on conducting a riparian health assessment, including: selecting an area to monitor; setting the boundaries; assessent timing; and, overcoming evaluation biases.
Riparian health is a key concept for agricultural stewardship. Riparian scores give a benchmark to track health through time as a measure against natural variability and your management inputs.
Riparian zones are critical areas for stewardship in the agricultural landscape. Their ecological importance cannot be overstated. Farming and ranching can happily co-exist with healthy riparian areas. But when mismanaged they can cease to function properly. And impaired riparian health can lead to many adverse outcomes.
A strategic review of the Ecological Services Initiative / Farmland Advantage Program was completed to guide future support programs for ecological goods and services from agricultural land in BC.