Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R04-014

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An Adaptive Management Study of Water Temperature Best Management Practices

Author(s): Hudson, Patrick (Houston Forest Products)
Subject: Fishery, Forestry, Hydrology, Silviculture/Forest Management Systems
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


Water temperature is a key component of the productivity and sustainability of aquatic ecosystems. Forest harvesting has the potential to alter the thermal character of watersheds and create adverse impacts to fisheries resources. Several riparian reserve options for temperature control in S4 and S6 streams have been identified and implemented in a related Adaptive Management Study in the Babine and Skeena Watersheds. The research proposed here is an extension of that work and is designed to test the effectiveness of these riparian reserve options and guide the development of efficient and effective management protocols. The existing study has developed temperature control strategies as well as effective methods of temperature monitoring, statistical analysis and data collection that can easily be applied to this project. The proposed study includes field verification of data collection methods that can be applied to other water temperature monitoring programs. This study is designed to reduce the uncertainty around temperature control management, monitoring and data collection.

For further information, please contact Patrick Hudson, Houston Forest Products

Updated September 08, 2005 

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