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Status and trends monitoring of riparian and aquatic habitat in the Olympic Experimental State Forest: Monitoring protocolsAuthor(s): Teodora Minkova; Alex D. Foster
Source: Status and trends monitoring of riparian and aquatic habitat in the Olympic Experimental State Forest: Monitoring protocols. Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Forest Resources Division, Olympia, WA. 363 p.
Publication Series: Miscellaneous
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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DescriptionPresented here are the monitoring protocols for the Status and Trends Monitoring of Riparian and Aquatic Habitats project in the Olympic Experimental State Forest (OESF). The procedures yield the empirical data needed to address key uncertainties regarding the integration of timber production and habitat conservation across landscapes and assess progress toward achieving the conservation objectives stated in the Washington State Trust Lands Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). The HCP calls for the provision of habitat for viable salmonid populations and riparian-obligate species. The OESF watersheds are managed under an experimental “integrated management” approach which includes riparian buffers with varied-width and blending forest management and habitat conservation at the stand and landscape level. In a broader framework, the OESF as part of the USDA Forest Service Experimental Forest and Range Network, provides opportunities for research and education to improve our understanding of Pacific Northwest ecosystems and natural resource management. Detailed monitoring protocols are described here for nine habitat attributes including stream temperature, channel morphology, stream shade, channel substrate, in-stream-large wood, habitat units and channel classification, stream discharge, riparian microclimate, and riparian vegetation.
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CitationMinkova, Teodora; Foster, Alex D., eds. 2017. Status and trends monitoring of riparian and aquatic habitat in the Olympic Experimental State Forest: Monitoring protocols. Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Forest Resources Division, Olympia, WA. 363 p.
KeywordsWatershed, stream temperature, substrate, down wood, discharge, riparian microclimate, forest management.
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