Thinning Trees Without Changing Stream Temperatures
The major concerns with forest management often come down to streams. When the trees come out of forests, there's less shade, ambient temperatures rise, and streams get warmer--so less comfortable for fish and other cold-water creatures.
Recent research at the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University suggests that redwood forests could endure low-level thinning without affecting stream temperatures.
What does "low-level thinning" look like? We put that question to lead researcher David Roon.