Conference: Are modern forestry practices benefiting streams and fish?

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By Oregon Forest Research Institute, OFRI News 9/08

When Oregon passed the landmark Forest Practices Act (OFPA) in 1971, the legislation relied on results from the original Alsea Watershed Study, the most far-reaching forest watershed study of its time. Nearly 40 years later, three new paired watershed studies of unprecedented scope are guiding future stream protection practices in the Pacific Northwest.  Scientists working on these historic studies will present preliminary findings during a two-day conference at Oregon State University in October. “Assessing the Response of Streams to Contemporary Forest Practices: A Conference on Paired Watershed Studies,” will take place Oct. 13-14 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the OSU campus in Corvallis.

Co-sponsored by OFRI and the Watersheds Research Cooperative, which is conducting the research under the auspices of the College of Forestry at OSU, the conference will feature reports on preliminary results, current status and future directions for the three paired watershed studies. Also, results will be presented from similar research elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest.

For more information about the program and to register, visit the conference Web site.