Stream nutrient response to contemporary timber harvest practices in western Oregon
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Timber harvesting has historically been shown to increase nutrient concentrations in stream waters by decreasing vegetative cover and nutrient uptake, allowing more nutrients to be leached into stream waters. Contemporary timber harvest practices, in which a streamside buffer is left in place, have not been studied. This study quantified the effects of contemporary timber harvesting practices, with a streamside buffer, in a Douglas-fir dominated watershed in the Oregon Coast Range, using a paired-watershed design. In the treatment (Needle Branch) and the control (Flynn Creek) watersheds, water ...