Introduction Riparian habitat in the western United States represents a small percentage of the land area, yet the benefits provided by this habitat type are numerous (Thomas, et al, 1979 and Meyer, 1985). Many uses are dependent upon and influenced by riparian habitat, such as: fisheries, wildlife habitat, livestock grazing, recreation, and water quality (King, et al, 1978). Public land managers are aware that these areas are important and justify more intensive management. However, it is difficult for managers to prioritize these areas when dollar values for the benefits resulting from special management practices have not been quamtified.
Because economic values for riparian areas are strikingly absent from the literature, there exits a need to study riparian areas to:
A logical approach in addressing these needs was to conduct a review of the literature regarding dollar values reported from previous water research studies that could be applied to specific uses of riparian zones. The dollar values could then be applied to the parameters measuring the various uses of riparian areas in the western United States. The following study objectives are addressed by this paper and presentation:
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