Wohl et al: Wood Removal Guide and Wood in Streams

Management of Large Wood in Streams of Colorado’s Front Range: A Risk Analysis Based on Physical, Biological, and Social Factors

Wood Removal Guidelines
“Removing Wood, Debris, and Trash from Streams and Floodplains on the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest
The recurrence of large floods can have widespread effects on ecosystems and infrastructure. Unfortunately the prevailing motivation of managers after a large flood has been to rapidly repair damage to infrastructure and to prevent future damage, with little regard for possible beneficial ecological effects of floods, such as recruitment of large woody debris into riparian and aquatic ecosystems. Understanding of the ecological effects of large floods should be integrated into land management practices, such as the design and maintenance of roads, which influence the response of watersheds to floods. It should also be integrated into post‐flood repairs to infrastructure.”

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