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    Author(s): Leslie Reid; N. Dewey; Tom Lisle; Susan Hilton
    Date: 2010
    Source: Geomorphology 117(1-2):115-169
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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    The distribution and morphological characteristics of channels were mapped in a redwood forest at Caspar Creek, California, USA, to evaluate the extent to which recent logging has influenced channel conditions in the area. In the North Fork Caspar Creek watershed, second-cycle logging of the early 1990s appears to have triggered increased coalescence of discontinuous gullies within clearcut tributary watersheds, and upstream channel limits in logged watersheds are now located significantly farther upslope than in control watersheds. The magnitudes of observed increases in peakflow after logging are consistent with the change in drainage density. Relations between channel morphological variables and indices of stream power are less well-defined in logged watersheds than in controls, suggesting that logging may have led to disruption of previously established channel forms. Correlations between suspended sediment yields and indices of gully erosion suggest that in-channel erosion associated with hydrologic change is an important source of postlogging sediment at Caspar Creek. Common sediment-control measures, such as use of riparian buffer strips and reduction of road surface erosion, would not be effective for reducing sediment input from this source.

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    Reid, Leslie M.; Dewey, N. J.; Lisle, Thomas E.; Hilton, Susan. 2010. The incidence and role of gullies after logging in a coastal redwood forest. Geomorphology 117(1-2):115-169.


    Gully, Forestry, Cumulative impact, Sediment budget, Channel erosion

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