Building Better Buffers is a series of guides offering voluntary options to landowners who want to improve their existing buffers. They provide information about improving buffers for increased water quality, enhanced habitat, and forestry, plus ideas for buffer maintenance and alternative practice options.

LGUs who provide technical assistance to landowners regarding buffers are encouraged to hang the guides in their offices or otherwise make them available to local landowners. Questions about the series can be directed to BWSR Communications Coordinator Mary Juhl ( or BWSR Buffer and Soil Loss Specialist Kevin Roth (

Building Better Buffers Series Fact Sheets

Buffers for Water Quality

Buffers for Wildlife

Forested Buffers

Buffer Maintenance

Alternative Practices


Kevin Roth
Easement Programs Coordinator