Trask River Watershed Study
What are the Effects of Forest Management on Fish and the Aquatic Environment at a Watershed Scale?
This question is being addressed with a collaborative watershed-scale study in the Trask River. Several watershed processes are being researched. The research is conducted at two scales- within the immediate area of harvest treatments and at downstream locations throughout the watershed.
This is an integrated multi-disciplinary study that will provide important information for adaptive management processes on state, private, and federal forests. This research is being lead by a Science Team comprised of scientists from multiple research organizations. Private, state, and federal landowners, and natural resource managers are participating in the planning and implementation.
Watershed Research Cooperative
The Trask River Watershed Study is part of a research cooperative including two other watershed studies in Oregon- Hinkle Creek (Cascades) and Alsea Revisited (Mid-Coast). This collaboration of three watershed studies under one research cooperative (Watersheds Research Cooperative) provides greater ecological context to address forest management effectiveness questions.
The three studies complement each other by conducting research using similar designs and methods, in different watersheds.