This study was conducted to determine the production trade-off between two land use options. In the first option – total protection from logging (TP) – water is used for hydroelectric power(HEP)generation and in a water regulatory dam to support continuous treated water production downstream. The other option – reduced impact logging (RIP) – integrates water uses with logging practices. With TP, natural sediment flow into the river system is low. Under RIP, sediment volume increases several fold.
Economic Benefits of Watershed Protection and the Tradeoff with Timber Production