Instream wood loads and channel complexity in headwater Southern Rocky Mountain streams under alternative states
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Small, forested streams are symbiotic with riparian processes, and thus land use changes to their riparian forests can have lasting effects on stream channel form and function. The first part of this dissertation evaluates the legacy effects of land use on stream channels of forested, subalpine streams of the Southern Rockies, with particular interest in the correlations between stream geomorphic complexity and characteristics of the adjacent riparian forest, valley geometry, and land use history. The study uses field data from the Southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Wyoming in streams ...