Ecobuffer

EB ImageEco-Buffers are a method of planting that is very similar to the techniques used in Analog Forestry. It is a method for reclaiming marginal land by putting this land back into production in a manner that improves or restores ecological integrity. It focuses on diversification and productivitity for environmental and human benefits, respectively.

Depending on the width of the eco-buffer, usually 5m-10m wide, each long row is planned to use a different mix of species from all different heights and growth types that one would find ina natural forest. Nurse trees, tall trees, shorter trees, shrubs, undergrowth, herbaceous, clingers/vines, roots.

The only difference is that these techniques are used in strips, or ‘Buffers”, along the edges of farm fields, fencerows, as microcorridors, etc.

Some of the species/height categories you have to choose from in an Eco-Buffer

Some of the species/height categories you have to choose from in an Eco-Buffer

Eco buffers are great  to use for the following purposes:

~ wind buffering

~ wildlife corridors

~ living fences

~ privacy

~ production of NTFP’s

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