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Turkey Lakes Harvesting Impacts Project
- Clear Cut System - Compartment 41
- Shelterwood System - Compartment 34
- Selection System - Compartment 33
- Uncut Control - Compartment 42
- Microclimatic Research
- Nutrient Leaching from the Forest Soil
- Forest Hydrology
- Harvesting Impacts on Headwater Streams
- Forest Productivity
- Effects of Shelterwood Harvesting on Songbirds
Harvesting Impacts on Headwater Streams
Land and water processes are closely linked around headwaters. These small streams are the source of water and nutrients for larger water bodies downstream.
Studies are examining how harvesting (tree removal and ground disturbance) alters organic matter inputs, nutrient inputs, and sediment loading. These changes may impact: aquatic insects (they play a critical ecological function in nutrient processing and food chain); fisheries habitat (which can be changed by sediment loading, water clarity, physical structure and complexity); and land-water ecological linkages.
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