Introduction Today, the wildlife management profession faces the challenge of evolving from "population" managers to water managers, land managers, and habitat managers. Successful wildlife managers now must approach their work not only from a classical biologic perspective, but also from a watershed perspective. The recent recognition of riparian areas as critical wildlife and fishery habitats has contributed significantly to this shift in management focus.
A goal of this workshop is to define the abiotic and biotic components of riparian systems and discuss their ecological importance. This paper will present an overview of watershed structure, process and function, emphasizing the contribution of the riparian area to overall watershed condition.
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