Variable density spacing was carried out within the RRZ's of a number of streams scattered over a large area within Block #2 of TFL 39 of Weyerhaeuser's North Island Timberlands, in order to speed up riparian old growth/large stem development. This would be achieved by manipulating density and tree species diversity both vertical and horizontal, creating improved riparian habitat for a variety of species, windfirm the trees, create larger future stem diameters, predispose stems for larger future coarse woody debris, provide for increased future instream complexity, increase or maintain shrub and herb layers for wildlife forage, overland flow filtering and nesting habitat.
Muller, Reinhard, FEN Forest Consulting. 2003. Variable density riparian spacing: Palmerston, Elk, North Memekay, Middle & North Memekay, Canyon Creeks and streams of the Sayward Forest. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2003MR042
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: riparian area, variable density spacing
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