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Tri-Creeks Experimental Watershed

Publication: The Forestry Chronicle
18 March 2016


Tri-Creeks Experimental Watershed was initiated to compare the effects of logging and riparian buffers in three subbasins (Wampus, Deerlick, and Eunice Creeks) and to evaluate the effectiveness of timber harvesting ground rules in protecting fisheries and water resources. The watershed study was terminated in 1985 shortly after the harvest. In 2015, the University of Alberta re-established groundwater monitoring, hydrometric, and meteorological stations in Tri-Creeks Experimental watershed. Future research will utilize the 20-year historic data set and current data to study the the effect of forest cover change on the streamflow regime and fish populations. The objective of this paper is to summarize the novel results and available data from 1965–1987 for the Tri-Creeks Experimental Watershed.


Le bassin versant expérimental de Tri-Creeks a été créé dans le but de comparer les effets de l'exploitation forestière et des bandes riveraines dans trois bassins secondaires (Wampus Creek, Deerlick et Eunice) et d’évaluer l'efficacité des règles d'exploitation sur la protection des ressources halieutiques et de l'eau. L’étude du bassin versant a pris fin en 1985, peu après la récolte du bois. En 2015, l'Université de l'Alberta a remis en fonction les stations hydrométriques et météorologiques du bassin expérimental de Tri-Creeks. Les prochains travaux mettront à profit les données recueillies pendant 20 ans, ainsi que les données actuelles afin d’étudier les effets de l'exploitation forestière sur le régime des débits. Cet article se propose de faire le bilan des résultats récents et des données disponibles pour la période de 1965 à 1987 dans le bassin expérimental de Tri-Creeks.

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cover image The Forestry Chronicle
The Forestry Chronicle
Volume 92Number 01January 2016
Pages: 53 - 56


Version of record online: 18 March 2016



George Sterling
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Edson, AB
Amy Goodbrand [email protected]
Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Sheena A. Spencer
Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

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