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Effects of All-Terrain Vehicles on Stream DynamicsAuthor(s): Anne Chin; Deven M. Rohrer; Daniel A. Marion; J. Alan Clingenpeel
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-74. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 292-296
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionAbstract - This paper reports preliminary results from research conducted in the Ouachita National Forest to assess the effects of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails on stream characteristics. The study focuses on the Wolf Pen Gap Trail that has been in use since 1991. We examine whether that the trail system has caused increased sediment input to and deposition within stream pools. We compared selected pool characteristics in two watersheds with ATV trails (Gap and Board Camp Creeks) to those in two control watersheds (Brushy and Caney Creeks). Analysis indicates that watersheds with ATV trails have pools with higher percentages of sands and fines, lower depths, and lower volumes. More research is needed to confirm that ATV trails in fact cause these impacts, to determine what factors control impact occurrence, and to better quantify impact magnitude.
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CitationChin, Anne; Rohrer, Deven M.; Marion, Daniel A.; Clingenpeel, J. Alan. 2004. Effects of All-Terrain Vehicles on Stream Dynamics. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-74. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 292-296
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