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The Effect of Stream Cleaning on Salmonid Habitat and Populations in a Coastal Oregon Drainage

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Habitat conditions and use by anadromous salmonids were evaluated in five reaches of Upper Lobster Creek, a major stream system in the central Oregon Coast Range, to determine the effect of different levels of stream cleaning. Stream clearance associated with post-World War II logging practices and a 100-year flood event that occured in 1964 severely altered channel configurations and loading patterns of large woody debris. This caused the subsequent removal of log jams. An uncleaned reach had large amounts of woody debris and the highest density of pools, greatest percentage of off-channel habitat, and highest salmonid use. In contrast, a totally cleaned reach had the lowest density of pools and lowest salmonid use. Rehabilitated sections of a reach that had been partially cleaned showed increases in density of pools and salmonid use compared to the remainder of the partially cleaned reach. Retention of standing timber in the riparian zone and maintenance in instream accumulations of large woody debris is recommended to allow streams to reach their productive potential for anadromous salmonids. West. J. Appl. For. 2(3):84-87, July 1987.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, Forest Sciences Laboratory, 3200 Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331

Publication date: 1987-07-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Western Journal of Applied Forestry covers the western United States, including Alaska, and western Canada; WJAF will also consider manuscripts reporting research in northern Mexico that has potential application in the southwestern United States.
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