Cattle in Riparian Areas: Disaster or Blessing?

Marika Kearsley

Grazing in riparian areas is a contentious issue between environmentalists and ranchers. Usually, people only hear one side of the story, the purpose of this paper is to try to show both sides: the detrimental effects of cattle on riparian areas, as well as the benefits. This paper will also explain several different ways land managers and cattle producers can improve damaged riparian areas.