Forestry Impacts on Streams

Forestry Impacts on Streams

Forest management activities have the potential to effect streams in a multitude of ways if best management practices (BMPs) are not followed. Increased temperatures, erosion, pollution, and soil compaction are just a few of the impacts.

Outline of Forestry Impacts on Streams
A brief outline of forestry impacts on water resources

Article describing the impacts forestry practices can have on streams if BMPs are not followed. In addition, it talks about aquatic habitat concepts, lists some potential BMPs, and has a short list of definitions.

The Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds
A guide to voluntary actions to assist threatened and endangered fish
Washington's Forests and Fish program website. It talks about Washington's Forests and Fish Law and work done concerning fish habitat and road crossing improvements

Connectivity: Four dimensions
Connectivity refers to the flow, exchange and pathways that move organisms, energy and matter throughout the watershed system. These interactions create complex, interdependent processes that vary over time.

North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative
An excellent resource on the importance of stream connectivity. The North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC) is a network of individuals from universities, conservation organizations, and state and federal natural resource and transportation departments focused on improving aquatic connectivity across a thirteen-state region, from Maine to West Virginia.

Montana Forestry Best Management Practices
Guidance resource illustrating riparian buffer zones and the BMPs that help protect them.

Current Regulations, Guidelines and Best Management Practices Concerning Forest Harvesting and Riparian Zone Management.
This guidebook sets out specific management activities within RMAs to help balance ecological, social and economic values at the landscape and stand levels. Good information in the Appendix.

Provides information to guide future stream protection and restoration efforts in Michigan, especially as they relate to the management of forests.

Landowners Guide to Fish Habitat, Conservation, and Restoration Practices
The purpose of this document is to help you – a riparian landowner - to develop good planning and implementation decisions for projects around water bodies, to find and understand good, fish-friendly methods, and to find assistance if you need it. Although it is tailored to Alaska, this provides some very good general information and resources that can be used anywhere.

Wisconsin Forest Management Guidelines
Goal of this document is to establish basic, sensible concepts that outline responsible resource management at the site-level

Effects of Forest Disturbance on Hydrologic Processes and Watershed Response
Describes how changes in forest cover, brought about by logging, insects, disease, fire, or forest regrowth, affect hydrologic processes at both the stand and watershed scale.

Managing Woodlands for Wisconsin's Coastal Trout Streams
Explains the basics of trout ecology, historical impacts to trout streams, forest and stream management goals and implications.