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Riparian Thinning: Logic Paths for Silvicultural Prescriptions Mt. Hood National Forest Clackamas River Ranger District Glenda Goodwyne, District Silviculturist.

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1 Riparian Thinning: Logic Paths for Silvicultural Prescriptions Mt. Hood National Forest Clackamas River Ranger District Glenda Goodwyne, District Silviculturist 03/20/08

2 Riparian Condition Assessment (project scale) Bank stability Bank stability Pool: riffle ratios Pool: riffle ratios Sediment levels Sediment levels Presence/Absence of erosion Presence/Absence of erosion Stand density Stand density Species/Size distribution Species/Size distribution Stand health (overall) Stand health (overall)

3 Programmatic/Project Goals and Objectives Riparian/Silvicultural: Improve habitat for aquatic & riparian-dependent species Improve habitat for aquatic & riparian-dependent species Grow large trees, fast (for future large woody debris recruitment into channel and riparian environments) Grow large trees, fast (for future large woody debris recruitment into channel and riparian environments) Maintain/improve riparian health Maintain/improve riparian health Maintain stream temperatures Maintain stream temperatures Enhance structural diversity and habitat complexity Enhance structural diversity and habitat complexity Minimize soil and habitat disturbance Minimize soil and habitat disturbance NLAA (Not Likely to Adversely Affect) Call NLAA (Not Likely to Adversely Affect) Call No deficit sales No deficit sales

4 Management and Guidance Governing Bodies, Documentation, and Research: Aquatic Conservation Strategy (ACS) Objectives Aquatic Conservation Strategy (ACS) Objectives Forest Plan Standards & Guides Forest Plan Standards & Guides Clackamas Stewardship Partners (CSP) Clackamas Stewardship Partners (CSP) NOAA Fisheries– Programmatic Biological Opinion (for low risk timber sales) NOAA Fisheries– Programmatic Biological Opinion (for low risk timber sales) The Sufficiency Analysis for Stream Temperatures The Sufficiency Analysis for Stream Temperatures

5 Design Criteria Elements: No-Cut Protection Buffers (along streams, ponds, seeps and wet areas considered skips) No-Cut Protection Buffers (along streams, ponds, seeps and wet areas considered skips) No-Equipment Buffers No-Equipment Buffers Variable Density Thinning (in-stand as well as between –stand diversity) Variable Density Thinning (in-stand as well as between –stand diversity) Gaps (created w/in RRs but outside protection buffers, 1/10 to ¼ acre in size) Gaps (created w/in RRs but outside protection buffers, 1/10 to ¼ acre in size)

6 Design Criteria Elements: Minimum Stream Protection Buffer Widths by Type and Proximity to Listed Fish Habitat (LFH) Adjacent to LFH habitat Within 1 mile of LFH on Perennial and Intermittent Streams > 1 mile upstream from LFH Perennial Streams > 1 mile upstream from LFH Intermittent Streams Maintain a minimum 100 buffer Maintain a minimum 50 buffer Primary and secondary shade zone protection, maintain 50 % canopy cover (CC) Primary shade zone protection Primary shade zone protection, normally 30 buffer (CSP) 50

7 Meeting the Objectives on the Ground The Silvicultural Prescription: Designed to increase stand growth, vigor and resiliency Designed to increase stand growth, vigor and resiliency Analyze Stand Data Analyze Stand Data Determine Residual Stand Characteristics Determine Residual Stand Characteristics Determine the appropriate BA/RD Determine the appropriate BA/RD Use Designation by Description (DXD) Use Designation by Description (DXD)


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