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Variability in Runoff and Erosion from Small Forest Watersheds

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  2007 ASAE Annual Meeting  072224.(doi:10.13031/2013.22994)
Authors:   William J Elliot, William J Elliot, Brandon D Glaza
Keywords:   Forest Watershed Hydrology Research

In a parallel study, ten small watersheds (about 10 ha) were installed in the Priest River Experimental Forest (PREF) in northern Idaho, and another ten were installed in the Boise Basin Experimental Forest (BBEF) in central Idaho. The long term objective of the study is to compare impacts of different management activities. This paper reports the observed runoff hydrographs and amounts, and sediment yields during the first three years of the study. During these years, none of the watersheds received any management treatments or natural disturbances. These observations will be useful for evaluating the natural variability in hydrologic responses on forest landscapes.

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