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Stream Temperature and Riparian Function
Hinkle Creek Paired Watershed Study
This project is designed to provide information to assess the effectiveness of the Aquatic and Riparian Strategies in the forest management plans. This is a joint project of the State Forests and the Private Forests Monitoring Programs.  The project started in June, 2002 and is being conducted on both privately and state-owned forest land.
A pre/post- study design that established control, treatment, and downstream reaches is being used. Water temperature, channel, overstory and understory riparian characteristics will be monitored two years prior to harvest and for five years after harvesting to evaluate harvest effects and recovery rates.
RipStream is addressing the following monitoring questions:
  1. Are the riparian rules and strategies effective in meeting Department of Environmental Quality water quality standards regarding anti-degradation of stream temperature and the water quality standard?
  2. Are the riparian rules and strategies effective in maintaining large wood recruitment to streams, downed wood in riparian areas, and shade?
  3. What are the trends in riparian area regeneration?
  4. What are the trends in overstory and understory riparian characteristics and how do they along with channel and valley characteristics relate to stream temperature and shade?
Pre-harvest data from all sites have been collected and are currently being analyzed.  Post-harvest measurements have been conducted on 25 sites. The first interim report will be available in mid-2006. A final report is expected in 2009.

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