Protecting Riparian Areas on the
•This shot from May 1973 is the earliest photo of
the Nurse Cow area. The riparian area has been
cleared of timber and seeded to grass. Typical
riparian areas in Leflore County are timbered.
•March 1998: Fence is being installed. Power pole
in upper right corner of image is used as a
• Livestock cross on the upstream side of
the low water crossing, causing bare slopes
with little vegetation.
•April 2001: Lower low water crossing, looking
upstream, after fencing. Forage growth increases
rapidly in April.
•May 2001: Downstream crossing, looking
upstream. Fencing has been in place for two years.
Grasses have established on the slopes of the
•Trees were planted on the banks during the
previous two years, but are not yet visible. Grass is
laid over due to a recent high water event.
•March 2002: Four years after fencing. Compared
to the 1998 picture, vegetation covers the stream
•March 2003: Good vegetative cover protects the
•July 2003: The trees planted in previous years are
finally visible above the surrounding vegetation.