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Title: Managing forests on unstable lands

Author: Wood, Marcia;

Date: 1978

Source: In: Forestry Research: What's New in the West. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. p. 1-5.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: The redwood and Douglas-fir region of the Coast Range and Klamath Mountains in northwestern California covers an area extending from the California Oregon border south to about 100 miles above San Francisco. The area provides more than 40 percent of California's timber products, 37 percent of its streamflow, and the most valuable habitat for salmon and steelhead trout in the State. But management of these important resources presents major problems. One difficulty is that natural landslides commonly occur, eroding slopes and depositing enormous amounts of sediment in streams. The role that logging and its associated roadbuilding may play in contributing to this natural erosion and sedimentation needs to be better understood. Sedimentation is a threat to the high quality of water in the numerous small streams that interlace the region. These waterways provide some 7,000 miles of habitat for king and silver salmon and steelhead trout. Conducting timber harvesting operations in such a way that water quality will not be impaired is a major challenge to forest managers

Keywords: PSW4351, landslides, sediment, erosion, salmon, road construction, logging operation

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Wood, Marcia 1978. Managing forests on unstable lands. In: Forestry Research: What''s New in the West. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. p. 1-5.


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