Perceptions and utilization of riparian forest buffers by farming interest located in the Big Sunflower Watershed

by Roberts, Hall Royal, M.L.A., MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY, 2011, 186 pages; 1497287


The field of Landscape Architecture can further develop a niche for the design of sustainable productive landscapes. This study attempts to understand a major stakeholders' perceptions and use of riparian buffers and other conservation practices for water quality in an agricultural watershed of Mississippi. A survey was distributed to agricultural producers in the Big Sunflower Watershed of the MS Delta. The survey informs the interested parties of producers' perceptions and uses of riparian forested buffers, perceptions and uses of conservation practices that restore water quality, perceptions of their environment, perceptions of surface water quality, enrollment of governmental incentive programs, and utilization of digital technology. Analysis of this data could lead to a better understanding of the knowledge and attitudes farmers have of the riparian systems and watershed processes at work within the region and factors that influence the farmers' decisions of implementing conservation plans.

AdviserTimothy J. Schauwecker
Source TypeThesis
SubjectsLandscape architecture; Natural resource management; Land use planning
Publication Number1497287

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