Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R04-017

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Carnation Creek - Forestry impacts and watershed recovery processes in a small coastal drainage.

Author(s): Tschaplinski, Peter J. (BC Ministry of Forests)
Subject: Fishery, Forestry, Geomorphology, Hydrology, Integrated resource management, Policy, Silviculture/Forest Management Systems
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program

Abstract

Carnation Creek is a basin-scale case study of the effects of forestry practices on a small coastal watershed. The broad objectives of this on-going project are to determine the mechanisms, rates, and levels of natural resource recovery in a harvested coastal drainage by describing long-term changes in biological and physical watershed processes as the second forest grows. Studies of hillslope, stream channel, floodplain, and riparian processes are integrated to model their functional linkages and determine the ultimate consequences for channel morphology, aquatic habitats, and fish populations. Empirical data covering a comprehensive suite of parameters support the development and refinement of basin-scale models for hydrology, landslide prediction, sediment and debris budgets, channel changes, and fish habitat capability. The information gained is applied to validate current forest practices and support forest policy, regulatory, and guideline development to ensure the sustainable use of forest resources, and protect watershed processes and aquatic values.


For further information, please contact Peter J. Tschaplinski, BC Ministry of Forests - Research Branch (Peter.Tschaplinski@gems4.gov.bc.ca)

Updated September 08, 2005 

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