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Lower water temperatures within a streamside buffer stripAuthor(s): Lloyd W. Swift
Source: Research Note SE-RN-193, US Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, Asheville, NC.
Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
Station: Southeastern Forest Experiment Station
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DescriptionThe removal of streamside vegetation increases the water temperature in mountain streams. Clearcutting and farming have been found to raise temperatures beyond the tolerance level for trout (68° F). Within the sale area of a commercial clearcut in the mountains of North Carolina, a narrow buffer strip of uncut trees and shrubs was left beside a stream. Although water temperatures within the sale area may have exceeded 68° F., the stream immediately below the sale area was never warmer than 62° F.
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CitationSwift, Jr., Lloyd W. 1973. Lower water temperatures within a streamside buffer strip. Research Note SE-RN-193, US Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, Asheville, NC. 8 pp.
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