Oregon logging may soon look more like logging in Washington State when it comes to cutting trees near salmon streams
Following a study of salmon stream water temperatures after logging adjacent hills and encroaching on stream banks, the Oregon Board of Forestry announced that logging practices must change near those streams. The Board reported that temperatures rose enough to where it will have an effect on salmon spawns which require colder water. The study showed that when trees are harvested nearly up to the edge of streams, the streams’ water temperatures rise enough to affect spawning success. The Board also noted that Oregon’s forest practices rules have not been substantially reviewed for many years adding that Washington State’s stream zone harvesting rules were tightened over ten years ago in response to the same problem. If too many trees are cut that normally provide creeks and streams their cooling shade, more direct sunlight reaches the water and thereby heats it up which causes spawning conditions to deteriorate.
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