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Watering the Forests for the Trees: Water Yield and Changes in Forest Cover

Posted date: August 07, 2020
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Authors: Goeking, Sara A.; Tarboton, David - Utah Water Research Laboratory - Utah State University
Document type: Other Documents


A recently published review and synthesis of 78 scientific studies, published from 2000–2019, of stream flow and snowpack response to disturbances reframes our understanding of how forests affect water supply in the semi-arid West. Forest cover loss may decrease water yield, particularly following nonstand-replacing disturbance in semi-arid western forests. This contradicts the long-held expectation that water yield increases when tree cover is reduced.

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