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Progress towards understanding the structure, function, and ecological significance of small stream channels and their riparian zones

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Incomplete knowledge of the ecological functions of small streams and their riparian zones, particularly their roles in larger watershed and landscape contexts, contributes to confusion and debate about the levels of riparian vegetation retention required along small streams for the purpose of protecting aquatic ecosystems, riparian wildlife, and water quality. As a consequence, there are marked differences in riparian forestry practices and management among jurisdictions throughout North America. To aid in resolving these issues, a symposium on small streams and their riparian zones was held at The University of British Columbia from 19 to 21 February 2002, which brought together scientists, managers, and practitioners and provided a forum for the presentation and discussion of emerging research results. This special issue includes a selection of papers presented at that symposium as well as one solicited paper.

Une connaissance insuffisante des fonctions écologiques des petits cours d'eau et de leurs zones riveraines, particulièrement à l'échelle plus vaste du bassin versant et du paysage, alimente la confusion et les discussions concernant le degré de rétention de la végétation qui est nécessaire le long des petits cours d'eau, pour la protection des écosystèmes aquatiques, de la faune riveraine et de la qualité de l'eau. Il y a par conséquent des différences marquées dans l'aménagement et les pratiques forestières en zone riveraine entre les différentes juridictions partout en Amérique du Nord. Dans le but de contribuer à résoudre ce problème, un symposium traitant des petits cours d'eau et leurs zones riveraines a été organisé à The University of British Columbia du 19 au 21 février 2002. Ce symposium a rassemblé des chercheurs, des gestionnaires et des praticiens et a permis de présenter et de discuter les résultats des travaux de recherches les plus récents. Cette section spéciale inclut un choix d'articles présentés lors de ce symposium ainsi qu'un article sollicité.[Traduit par la Rédaction]

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2003

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  • Published since 1971, this monthly journal features articles, reviews, notes and commentaries on all aspects of forest science, including biometrics and mensuration, conservation, disturbance, ecology, economics, entomology, fire, genetics, management, operations, pathology, physiology, policy, remote sensing, social science, soil, silviculture, wildlife and wood science, contributed by internationally respected scientists. It also publishes special issues dedicated to a topic of current interest.
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