Evolution of large, organic debris after timber harvest: Maybeso Creek, 1949 to1978Author(s): Mason D. Bryant
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-101. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 34 p
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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DescriptionThe Maybeso Creek valley was logged from 1953 to 1960. Stream maps showing large accumulations of debris and stream channel features were made in 1949 and updated to 1960. The objectives of this paper are to document the effects of natural and logging debris on channel morphome try and to examine the fate of logging debris during and after logging. Map sections from 1949 through 1963 are examined and compared with a ground survey in 1978 of debris accumulations.
Natural conditions before logging revealed sparse accumulations of large debris scattered throughout the stream; these accumulations increased in number and density during logging. Natural material appeared to be well controlled and stable; whereas, logging debris was floatable. Year-to-year changes in accumulations were noted throughout the period of logging from 1953 to 1969. Fewer accumulations were observed in 1978 than in 1949, before the start of logging. Further studies are needed to quantify physical changes and to relate these changes to salmon habitat.
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CitationBryant, Mason D. 1980. Evolution of large, organic debris after timber harvest: Maybeso Creek, 1949 to1978. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-101. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 34 p
KeywordsLogging (-erosion, erosion-) forestry methods, sedimentation, morphometry
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