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IWW Special Seminar: Forests, water management and research in New South Wales, Australia

Speaker: Ashley Webb, Research Scientist, Forests NSW, Australia

Friday, April 22, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Forests NSW is the trading name of the Forestry Commission of NSW, which is responsible for the sustainable management of >5 million acres of multiple-use forests including native eucalypts and exotic pine plantations. Much of this forest estate is located in the headwaters of watersheds used for multiple purposes, including for agricultural and domestic water supplies. Forestry activities, such as harvesting and roading, are heavily regulated by a complex array of instruments, particularly in native forests. Best management practices (BMPs) for soil, water and stream protection are the cornerstone of Environment Protection Licences (EPLs) issued to Forests NSW and compliance with them is a core component of certification of Forests NSW Environmental Management System (ISO 14001) and accreditation under the Australian Forestry Standard.

orests NSW has been committed to undertaking research into the effects of its activities on both water quality and water yield since it initiated the Karuah hydrology ‘paired’ catchment study in moist eucalypt forests in 1975. Other long-term projects have included the Yambulla (dry ash-type forests), Tantawangalo (mixed species eucalypts) and Red Hill (pine afforestation) catchment studies. An overview of the results of these studies will be provided, as well as more recent research into the impacts of harvesting and wildfires on sediment loads; streamflow response to thinning plantations within the Murray Darling Basin; and the geomorphic and habitat significance of large wood within forest streams.

About Dr. Webb:

Dr. Webb is visiting the USA during April 2011 on a travelling fellowship funded by the Gottstein Trust. He is investigating sustainable management of forests and watersheds and is particularly interested in the use of market instruments in the USA such as Payments for Watershed Services (PWS). If you would like to meet with Dr. Webb during his visit, please email iww@oregonstate.edu to set up an appointment.

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Maria Wright
1 541 737 6148
maria.wright at oregonstate.edu
Water/Watershed Institut