2010 IWLA Resolution: Riparian and Wetland Set Back Regulations
Izaak Walton League of
Riparian and Wetland Set Back Regulations
Riparian areas connect rivers and upland ecosystems and make each more environmentally diverse and productive. Riparian areas are natural corridors for a wide array of plants and animals. Riparian areas link larger areas of land so birds and wildlife can migrate safely from one land area to another land area.
Many riparian plants have adapted to hydrologic and geomorphic disturbances and tolerate both seasonal and annual variation in environmental conditions. Compared to plants in adjacent upland areas, riparian species may be more resilient to the increased flooding or drought projected for many regions.
Prioritizing connectivity in the landscape is critical for protecting biodiversity from climate change.
Therefore, be it resolved that the Izaak Walton League of America, assembled in convention in Hershey, PA, July 16, 2010, supports the adoption and administration of local river corridor and wetland protection ordinances by appropriate government agencies and urges citizens to actively pursue such protections.