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Title: Riparian microclimate and stream temperature: thinning and buffer-width influences

Author: Anderson, Paul D.;

Date: 2013

Source: In: Anderson, P.D.; Ronnenberg, K.L., eds. Density management in the 21st century: west side story. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-880. Portland, OR: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 206-206.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: Th inning of 30- to 70-year-old Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) stands is a common silvicultural activity on federal forest lands in Washington and Oregon west of the Cascade Range crest. Decreases in forest cover lead to alterations of site energy balances resulting in changes to understory and stream channel microclimates. Uncut vegetative buffers are commonly used to mitigate upland harvest eff ects on aquatic and riparian habitats and functions. To create effective buffers, we need to better understand the relationships among thinning treatments, diff erent riparian buff er widths, channel topography, and riparian and aquatic microclimates.

Keywords: riparian buffers, thinning, air temperature, streambed temperature, relative humidity, canopy cover, headwater streams, forest structure.

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Anderson, Paul D. 2013. Riparian microclimate and stream temperature: thinning and buffer-width influences. In: Anderson, P.D.; Ronnenberg, K.L., eds. Density management in the 21st century: west side story. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-880. Portland, OR: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 206-206.

 


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