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Forest study shows value of protecting streams

Forest buffers around streams during logging projects can help keep the water cool

A long-term study in Oregon shows the value of protecting streams with forest buffers during logging projects.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — A long-term study conducted across 33 sites in Oregon shows how important it is to protect stream corridors with tree buffers during logging projects.

Stream temperatures are a particular concern for cold-water fish such as trout and salmon. State regulations in Oregon mandate that forest management activities should not increase temperatures by more than 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

The study found that forest treatments on private lands resulted in temperature increases of 1.3 degrees, while there was no difference in temperatures on state forest lands. The researchers made no conclusions as to whether temperature increase on private forest lands is a concern for fish health. It was only designed to examine regulatory stream temperature compliance. Continue reading

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