Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R04-032

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The effects of riparian harvesting on fish habitat and ecology of small streams

Author(s): Maloney, David (BC Ministry of Forests)
Subject: Fishery, Forestry, Hydrology, Silviculture/Forest Management Systems
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


Currently small fish bearing streams can be harvested to the streambank. However, this is contrary to Department of Fisheries and Oceans regulations Section 35(1) that prohibits damage or disruption of fish habitat, including their riparian area. The proposed project will establish an understanding of natural stream functions of small streams and impacts caused by forest harvesting practices in the riparian area. This knowledge will improve our understanding of the important roles, processes and attributes of small streams within a watershed context, aid in the development of riparian and stream indicators for sustainable forest management and adaptively test alternative riparian management strategies. The study is located in three geographically distinct forest types in the SBS biogeoclimatic zone to compare variations in vegetation, climate and terrain. Pre-harvest measurements occurred over the past 2 years. The proposed project will monitor changes resulting from forest harvesting that occurred during winter 2002/03 to the minimum standards of the Prince George District Manager for small streams.

For further information, please contact David Maloney, BC Ministry of Forests (

Updated September 08, 2005 

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