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Managing Disturbance in Riparian Zones A Foothills Model Forest Collaborative Project Workshop #1 Rocky Mtn. House, June 17-18, 2002

David Andison Bandaloop Landscape-Ecosystem Services


Why? We need to find a new approach: It is a complex, multi-dimensional issue. Many players, many points of view are involved. The Talk:Listen ratio is too high.

Knowledge is vital, but science alone is not the answer. The existing system does not work (any more?).


Why the Model Forest? -The NDP work has led logically to this point. - The Fish and Watershed program has led logically to this point. - Neutral ground.


How Can We Do Better: Recall: It is a complex, multi-dimensional issue. Many players, many points of view are involved. The Talk:Listen ratio is too high.

Knowledge is a cornerstone, but science alone is not the answer. The existing system does not work (any more?).


How Can We do Better? With better and more universal knowledge (of the patterns and functions of, and responses to disturbances) ‌ involving all of the relevant stakeholders

(and viewpoints)‌. ‌towards developing, testing, and demonstrating a broader operational toolbox.

= a model. Is it possible to manage riparian zones sustainably for all ecological values?


Project Objectives: 1. Gain a better understanding of the biological and physical processes and functions of disturbance in riparian zones from a wide range of (aquatic and terrestrial) scales and perspectives. 2. Explore a variety of adaptive management tactics and tools that may result in more holistically sustainable management practices for riparian zones.


Proposed Project Elements: - Using the Dogrib and Chisholm fires to help define some “baselines” (LWD, stream morphology, sediment, etc)

- Universal, meaningful stream classification system. - Building a “Team”. - Focused science. - Adaptive experimentation. - Communicating. - Resources.


The Plan: This Year: Take the Time to do it Right, but Maximize Opportunities -

Stream Classification & channel morphology

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Low altitude aerial photography

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Facilitate discussions and agreement of critical issues with ALL stakeholders.


The Plan: Next: Be Effective and Integrate -

Use both fires.

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Structure and composition measurements?

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Options open for tracking soil movement, soil nutrient loss, water flows, woody debris recruitment, debris recruitment, stream morphology, sediment loads, macro inverts, fish‌. and links to the landscape.

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Link with large-scale future demonstration and experimentation areas.


This afternoon, we dissect “the plan”

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