It is important that the ecotone between a wetland and the adjacent upland habitats is delineated as a wetland buffer. Many times in development planning the wetland buffer is only planned for the protection of water quality as required by a local government or state water management district. However, buffers that protect water quality may not be sufficient in size to protect wetland-dependent wildlife species.
For example, nesting wading birds may require a set-back distance from pedestrian activities to prevent the adults from flushing from the nest. Additionally some amphibians and invertebrates may breed and develop in water then move miles away from water into upland habitats to forage and burrow. Therefore, when planning for wetland buffers, considerations for wetland-dependent wildlife and aquatic species home ranges and movement patterns may need attention.
Suggested Habitat Management Techniques:
Maintain vegetative buffers ranging from 750 ft to 3,000 ft for ephemeral ponds.
Maintain at least 1,650 ft core buffer and a 2,600 ft overall buffer around ephemeral ponds.
Maintain at least a 300-ft native vegetated buffers or greatest home range for amphibians where potential habitat exists. (USFWS)