Eco-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.
Eco buffers are great to use for the following purposes:
~ wind buffering
~ wildlife corridors
~ living fences
~ production of NTFP’s