Areas of moderate, though restricted, use that surround core areas. Buffer zones are primarily drawn from private land.
In general, an area used to separate conflicting uses. In relation to riparian and watershed management areas, its a zone that can be maintained to minimize impacts to the local water resource (i.e., vegetative buffer strips along a creek).
strips of natural plant growth along river and stream banks which help to prevent soil erosion from plowed fields or developed land.