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13 Sep

Researchers model benefits of riverfront forest restoration

A new Stanford University-led study in Costa Rica reveals that restoring relatively narrow strips of riverfront forests could substantially improve regional water quality and carbon storage. The analysis, available online and set to be published in the October issue of Ecosystem Services, shows that such buffers tend to be most beneficial in steep, erosion-prone, and intensively fertilized landscapes -- a finding that could inform similar efforts in other countries. "Forests around rivers are key places to target for restoration because they provide huge benefits with very little impediment to productive land," said study lead author Kelley Langhans, a PhD student in biology at Stanford University affiliated with the Natural Capital Project. "A small investment could have a really big impact on the...
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