Riparian/wetland classification for streamsides

The riparian sampling in the Mount St. Helens vicinity is part of a larger study that extends across the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Streams sampled on the Mount St. Helens Ranger District are Kalama River, East Fork Fossil Creek, and Pin Creek. The purpose of gathering streamside plot data in this project is to produce a classification of streamside vegetative/geomorphic features. The sampling design is such that plant communities are juxtaposed on their geomorphic surfaces and then related to the stream channel itself. Because this project is being carried out in coordination with a separate Forest Riparian Inventory, we will later be able to relate our riparian information to the aquatic data being  collected by the fisheries/hydrology programs.

 

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