Scientific Paper

The Effects of Riparian Clearing and Clearfelling of an Indigenous Forest on Streamflow, Stormflow and Water Quality

Published in: South African Forestry Journal
Volume 175, issue 1, 1996 , pages: 1–14
DOI: 10.1080/00382167.1996.9629886
Author(s): D.F. ScottDivision of Forest Science and Technology, Jonkershoek Forestry Research Centre, South Africa, W. LeschDivision of Forest Science and Technology, Jonkershoek Forestry Research Centre, South Africa

Abstract

The paired catchment method was used to measure the effects of riparian zone clearing and clearfelling on streamflow, stormflows and water quality. The forested riparian zone of a 39,6 ha, humid Northern Province catchment, amounting to 10 % of the catchment area, was cleared and kept clear of vegetation. Two years later the entire catchment was cleared by bulldozing and burning its cover of indigenous evergreen forest and scrub forest, and replanted to Eucalyptus grandis seedlings.

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