Riparian fencing is often installed to remove the pressures of livestock from the stream banks, and allow the vegetation to recover naturally to reduce excessive erosion and reduce pollution.
The use of riparian pastures for grazing, instead of complete exclusion, can also be very beneficial to the stream and the landowner's operation.
From the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana: "A riparian pasture is a relatively small pasture that can still be grazed for a portion of the year. Benefits of riparian pastures include improved management flexibility, the ability to use livestock grazing to manage weeds and overgrown vegetation, improved access for wildlife to stream areas, and decreased maintenance costs of fencing and off-stream water resources." You can click here to visit their website to learn more about riparian pastures and the Ranching for Rivers program.
Brown Fencing Project 2018
To the right is an example of a riparian fencing project installed, in the fall of 2018. The landowner will use the corridor alongside Prickly Pear Creek as a short-term riparian pasture. Non-point source pollution into the watershed is reduced, grazing management is improved, and loss of land due to excessive erosion is minimized.