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Front Range Infrastructure Resources Project--Biological Resources

Fact Sheet 117-98

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Abstract

Riparian (streamside) vegetation communities are of interest in the context of the Front Range Infrastructure Resources Project (FRIRP) because they are often a focal point for conflicting societal demands. The cottonwoods and willows comprising these communities are structurally complex compared to the surrounding landscape and support diverse assemblages of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. However, riparian areas are also primary sites for water development, agriculture, grazing, sand and gravel mining, and recreation, each of which may limit other uses. Direct and indirect impacts of these activities have led to exploration of new opportunities and techniques for restoring disturbed riparian habitats and to greater concern for some of the scarce species that inhabit them.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Front Range Infrastructure Resources Project--Biological Resources
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
117-98
Year Published:
1998
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
1 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Colorado, Wyoming