Whether it's along a coastal or a desert stream, the riparian area plays a pivotal role in the health of our watersheds.

"Life on the Edge: Improving Riparian Function," a new 12-minute video from the Oregon State University Extension Service, shows viewers:

* How this transition zone between water's edge and the uplands provides food and cover for fish and wildlife, controls erosion, filters runoff, and produces the ingredients for fish habitat and stream channel stability.

* What land-use practices can impact riparian areas.

* The techniques landowners, volunteers, and professional resource managers are using to improve and protect riparian function.

"Life on the Edge: Improving Riparian Function" (VTP 033) costs $19.95 (including shipping) per copy. Order by e-mailing [email protected] or send your request and check or money order payable to Oregon State University to: Publication Orders, Extension & Station Communications, Oregon State University, 422 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, OR 97331-2119.


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