Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R02-04

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Ecology and management of riparian - stream ecosystems: a large scale experiment using alternative streamside management techniques

Author(s): Richardson, John S.; Feller, Michael; Kiffney, M. Peter; Moore, D.; Hinch, Scott G.; Mitchell, Stephen J.; University of British Columbia
Imprint: Vancouver, B.C. : University of British Columbia, 2003
Subject: Riparian Areas, British Columbia, Management, Forest Investment Account (FIA), Algae, Turbidity
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


The effectiveness of riparian management practices, in particular along small streams, has not been adequately tested. In our replicated, before-after control-impact study of 13 small streams we are testing the effect of different levels of riparian reserves (controls, 30 m buffers, 10 m buffers, clearcuts) for protecting stream and riparian ecosystem components and processes. We also propose to add an additional partial harvesting along three new streams (compared to three original controls). In each case a suite of chemical, physical, and biological measures are used to compare the impacts of management. The stream and riparian system continues to diverge from controls even 2 years post-harvesting. We will study the continuing changes, the eventual recovery dynamics, and the effects of partial harvesting trials along these small streams and their riparian areas.
John S. Richardson...[et al.]

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