The Kansas Riparian Work Group is a group of natural resource professionals dedicated to improving the management of river and stream corridors in the state of Kansas

Mission Statement:  “To provide a forum for Natural Resource Professionals and Organizations to develop criteria for the identification of healthy riparian and wetland areas for Kansas eco-regions”. 

RIPARIAN AREAS are ecosystems that occur adjacent to watercourses or water bodies. They are distinctly different from the surrounding landscape because of unique soil and vegetation characteristics that are strongly influenced by free or unbound water in the soil. 

Where Do Trees Belong In Kansas? 

This is a question that often comes up among environmental colleagues and the Kansas Riparian Work Group is trying to answer that very question. With Kansas being historically a prairie State we know trees were NOT universally prevalent across the state. When examining historical records it is clear that most of our 

perennial streams and rivers were lined with trees. Foresters at Kansas State University conducted a study of streambank erosion (where) after the 1993 floods that showed clearly how important trees were along the river in reducing streambank erosion. The reaches of river bank lined with a forest buffer actually gained bank, while river banks lined with cropland lost an average of 150'. Though history can tell us about what the l

andscape once  looked like, the most 

important question is what should the riparian landscape look like now and in the future? Should intermittent and seasonal stream reaches be lined with trees? Are riparian gallery forests the only tree community that offers properly functioning riparian protection? How do the riparian zone plant communities differ across the state from East to West? Riparian zones are important areas within the landscape but there are lots of questions left to answer.

             "We Must Let the River Teach Us"  Luna Leopold 

Recent Announcements

  • Rescheduled Meeting March 5, 2013, Tuesday 10:00am - See attached for Agenda
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 7:02 AM by Kari Friedrichs
  • Next Meeting February 21, 2013, Thursday 10:00am - Details TBA -- POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 6:53 AM by Kari Friedrichs
  • Next meeting: March 1, 2012 - Meeting and tour of Baldwin Woods and Baker Wetlands
    Posted May 7, 2012, 8:01 AM by Kansas Riverkeeper
  • Next meeting date August 5th TBA
    Posted Jul 7, 2011, 12:12 PM by Kansas Riparian Work Group
  • February 3rd Meeting postponed The meeting in Salina has been postponed due to bad weather. Stay tuned!
    Posted Feb 3, 2011, 12:28 PM by Dr. Cynthia Annett
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