Canadian Forest Service Publications

Relations of interannual differences in stream litter breakdown with discharge: bioassessment implications. 2018. Yeung, A.C.Y.; Musetta-Lambert, J.L.; Kreutzweiser, D.P.; Sibley, P.K.; Richardson, J.S. Ecological Applications 9(9): e02423.

Year: 2018

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 39379

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.2423

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The study combines and assesses data from several sites in BC and Ontario, including the CFS-led White River Riparian Harvesting Impacts Project. The assessment of leaf litter breakdown is refined as an indicator of sustaining aquatic ecosystem services in managed forest landscapes. The goal was to determine the natural influences on leaf litter breakdown so that the measurement can be refined and adjusted to be applied as an indicator of sustainability. Results show the natural hydrologic regime (watershed export rates) is a critical determinant of litter processing and can be predicted, therefore adjusted, to improve the effectiveness of this metric as an indicator of sustainability.