Photo: Limited, selective cutting with specialized equipment like this buncher-feller can reduce impacts on the SMZ and stream.

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2. Streamside Management Zones (SMZs) - continued

Timber harvesting in the SMZ should be done only selectively if at all, and with special care. Selective logging in the SMZ should consider the following practices:

  • Retain the appropriate diversity and size of tree and shrub species.
  • Protect and retain trees and shrubs and snags that are below harvest quality. These provide wildlife habitat and stabilize soil.
  • Retain bank edge trees for stream channel stability and to shade stream.
  • Maintain sufficient ground cover to trap sediment.
  • Immediately remove any logging debris which enters the stream channel.

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