We assessed community responses of aquatic invertebrates in 16 small, seasonal ponds in a forested region of north central Minnesota, USA, to evaluate potential influences of timber harvest and efficacy of uncut forested buffers in adjacent uplands. Invertebrate data gathered before (2000) and during the first 4 years following clearcut timber harvest (2001-2004) indicated that tree removal was followed by shifts in aquatic invertebrate communities in adjacent seasonal ponds. Retention of forested buffers appeared to partially mitigate influences of tree removal, but benefits of buffers may be limited by wind throw or other factors. Additional research is needed to clarify relationships between ecological characteristics of seasonal ponds and upland silviculture activities, and to better document efficacy and longevity of forested buffers.
Hanson, Mark A.; Palik, Brian J.; Church, James O.; Miller, Anthony T. 2010. Influences of upland timber harvest on aquatic invertebrate communities in seasonal ponds: efficacy of forested buffers. Wetlands Ecology and Management. 18(3): 255-267.