George Sterling summarizes 30 years of research at the Tri-Creeks Experimental Watershed in west-central Alberta, south of Hinton, Alberta. Thirty years ago logging was done quite differently in Alberta. Specifically, the experimental watershed study looked at clear cutting and logging along riparian areas using paired watersheds monitored from 1965 to 1987. After road construction and logging, in spite of limited data and quality control issues, some interpretation of fish survival and water quality could be made. Some limited monitoring in the 1990's and then in the 2000's completed the monitoring.
George points to temperature modeling in streams and flow increases during incubation as techniques for the future. He also identifies encroachment by non-native species (brook trout) as a forestry management issue.
George Sterling is Senior Fisheries Biologist with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, at Edson, Alberta. His presentation was part of the 2013 fRI Water Program Workshop.