The purpose of the riparian function study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the 1994 Oregon Department of Forestry’s Forest Practices Stream Rules. The particular focus was on rules designed to address riparian forest stands along fish-bearing streams.
The purpose of the vegetation retention rules is to maintain and promote desired future riparian stand conditions that will provide ample shade, an abundance of large wood to the channel, bank stability, snags, nutrient input and nutrient uptake. Under the 1994 stream rules, riparian stands can be managed to the extent that these goals can be met.
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