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Long-Term Effects of Repeated Logging on an Appalachian Stream

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Watershed 2 on the Fernow Experimental Forest has been logged four times since the turn of the century. While little is known of how streams were affected by logging after 1901 or during World War II, the effects of diameter-limit cutting in 1958 and 1972 are well documented. Both cuts caused small increases in streamflow but had little effect on water quality by any criterion except turbidity, which was increased by poorly located and ill-managed logging roads. The evidence suggests that if responsible road practices are followed, continued diameter-limit cutting will not harm forest streams.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Formerly Research Soil Scientist at the Timber and Watershed Laboratory, is associate professor, Southern Illinois University, at Carbondale

Publication date: 1977-08-01

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