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Thinning Trees Without Changing Stream Temperatures

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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.

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