Timber Harvest

WATERSHED PROTECTION AND RESTORATION COUNCIL, CALIFORNIA — SCIENCE PANEL

To establish a program to protect and enhance steelhead and coho salmon populations in northern California, the National Marine Fisheries Service signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the State Resources Agency and the California Department of Fish and Game.  Dr. Rich was appointed to an Independent Science Panel that reviewed the California Forest Practices Rules to determine the adequacy for the protection of salmonid species. Dr Alice Rich was appointed to the Science Panel. Tasks for the Science Panel included: (1) Reviewing the Forest Practices Rules; (2) Reviewing the Timber Harvest Plan review and approval processes; (3) Interviewing over 25 panels representing government agencies, landowners, and other resources professionals; and, (4) submitting a report t The Resources Agency that included a framework for potential rule changes.

NAVARRO RIVER WATERSHED, CALIFORNIA — IMPACTS OF TIMBER HARVEST PRACTICES ON SALMONIDS

AAR conducted a three-year study to assess the impacts of Louisiana-Pacific’s (LP’s) timber harvest practices on the fishery resources of the Navarro River Watershed, A 305-square mile watershed in Mendocino County. The project included: (1) Fishery resources habitat and population surveys; (2) Salmonid spawning population surveys; (3) Salmonid spawning gravel sampling (McNeil sampling); (4) Water temperature modeling and monitoring; (5) Macroinvertebrate sampling and analysis; (6) Participation by Dr. Alice A. Rich at public meetings; and, (7) Annual reports prepared to assist LP with timber harvesting.

MATTOLE RIVER WATERSHED, CALIFORNIA — IMPACTS OF TIMBER HARVEST PRACTICES ON SALMONIDS

As part of a team of scientists working for Pacific Lumber Company, AAR worked on timber harvesting projects in Humboldt County. Tasks included: (1) Determining the impacts of timber harvest practices on coho and Chinook salmon, steelhead and sea-run cutthroat trout; and, (2) Designing and supervising long-range monitoring studies, including water temperature monitoring, and food, habitat and population studies.

MATTOLE RIVER WATERSHED, CALIFORNIA — IMPACTS OF TIMBER HARVEST PRACTICES ON SALMONIDS

AAR assisted Barnum Timber Company with timber harvest/fishery resources issues in the headwater streams of the Mattole River Watershed in Humboldt County. Responsibilities included assessing salmonid habitat, using Habitat Typing, and Spawning Gravel Sampling (McNeil sampling). The results of the surveys were analyzed and a report prepared to assist with timber harvest plans. In addition, AAR collaborated with the California Department of Fish and Game in the preparation of salmonid mitigation measures for timber harvesting in Baker Creek, a tributary to the Mattole River.

EEL RIVER WATERSHED, CALIFORNIA — IMPACTS OF TIMBER HARVEST PRACTICES ON SALMONIDS

AAR provided assistance on fishery resources issues to Barnum Timber Company on the South Fork Eel River in Humboldt County. Tasks included: (1) Fishery resources population surveys; (2) Fishery resources habitat (Habitat Typing) surveys in Sproul Creek, a tributary to the South Fork Eel River; and. (3) Collaborated with the California Department of Fish and Game in the preparation of salmonid mitigation measures for timber harvest.

MOKELUMNE RIVER WATERSHED, CALIFORNIA — IMPACTS OF TIMBER HARVEST PRACTICES ON SALMONIDS

AAR conducted studies for the East Bay Municipal Utility District to assess the impacts of Georgia Pacific’s timber harvest practices on the fishery resources in the upper Mokelumne River Watershed in Amador County. The project included: (1) Fishery resources habitat and population surveys; (2) Trout spawning gravel (McNeil sampling) surveys; (3) Analysis of the results of the field studies; and (4) Expert witness testimony by Dr. Alice A. Rich.

WADDELL CREEK WATERSHED, CALIFORNIA — IMPACTS OF TIMBER HARVEST PRACTICES ON SALMONIDS

AAR provided assistance, with regard to fishery resources issues, to Big Creek Lumber Company in the Waddell Creel Watershed in Santa Cruz County. Tasks included: (1) Fishery resources habitat surveys; and, (2) Assistance with working with the agencies on salmonid issues.