Title: Does tree harvesting in streamside management zones adversely affect stream turbidity? - preliminary observations from an Australian case study
Author: Neary, Daniel G.; Smethurst, Philip J.; Baillie, Brenda R.; Petrone, Kevin C.; Cotching, William E.; Baillie, Craig C.
Source: Journal of Soils and Sediments. DOI 10.1007/s11368-010-0234-2
Description: In Australia, farmers and natural resource managers are striving to enhance environmental outcomes at farm and catchment scales by planting streamside management zones (SMZs) on farms with trees and other perennial vegetation. Lack of sound information on and funding for establishing and managing trees in SMZs is hindering widescale adoption of this practice. Australian Codes of Forest Practice discourage or prevent harvesting of trees in SMZs of perennial streams. One concern is the potential effect of tree harvesting in SMZs on delivery of sediment to adjacent streams. The aims of this paper were to summarize the literature relevant to this concern and, in one case study in an agricultural context, to determine the effects on turbidity of harvesting a SMZ plantation.
Keywords: agriculture, buffer, forest, riparian, sediment, streamside management zones, tree harvesting, turbidity, water quality
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Neary, Daniel G.; Smethurst, Philip J.; Baillie, Brenda R.; Petrone, Kevin C.; Cotching, William E.; Baillie, Craig C. 2010. Does tree harvesting in streamside management zones adversely affect stream turbidity? - preliminary observations from an Australian case study. Journal of Soils and Sediments. DOI 10.1007/s11368-010-0234-2
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