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Linkages between unpaved forest roads and streambed sediment: why context matters in directing road restoration

in Restoration Ecology

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2016-08-31 17:17:14
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2016-08-31 17:28:56
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2016-05-13

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Robert K Al-Chokhachy(Author), Tom A. Black(Author), Cameron Thomas(Author), Charles H Luce(Author), Bruce E Rieman(Author), Richard Cissel(Author), Anne Carlson(Author), Shane Hendrickson(Author), Eric K Archer(Author), Jeffrey L Kershner(Author), Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative(administrator), LCC Network Data Steward(administrator), 2016-08-31(creation), 2016-08-31(lastUpdate), 2016-05-13(Publication), Linkages between unpaved forest roads and streambed sediment: why context matters in directing road restoration

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Abstract Unpaved forest roads remain a pervasive disturbance on public lands and mitigating sediment from road networks remains a priority for management agencies. Restoring roaded landscapes is becoming increasingly important for many native coldwater fishes that disproportionately rely on public lands for persistence. However, effectively targeting restoration opportunities requires a comprehensive understanding of the effects of roads across different ecosystems. Here, we combine a review and a field study to evaluate the status of knowledge supporting the conceptual framework linking unpaved forest roads with streambed sediment. Through our review, we specifically focused on those studies linking measures of the density of forest [...]

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Implications for Practice Limited empirical evidence exists to specifically quantify the effects of forest roads on aquatic ecosystems and effectively target restoration. Sediment production from roads and delivery to streams varies substantially within and across landscape settings. The conceptual model linking roads to streambed sediment is supported by field data, but the contribution from different road segments can vary substantially, highlighting the importance of context in prescribing restoration actions as a means to reduce sediment contributions.

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noteAl-Chokhachy, R., Black, T. A., Thomas, C., Luce, C. H., Rieman, B., Cissel, R., Carlson, A., Hendrickson, S., Archer, E. K. and Kershner, J. L. (2016), Linkages between unpaved forest roads and streambed sediment: why context matters in directing road restoration. Restor Ecol. doi:10.1111/rec.12365

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