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Watershed-scale land use and salmon habitat

Opperman, J. J., K. Lohse, C. Brooks, N. M. Kelly and A. M. Merenlender. 2005. Influence of watershed‐scale land use on salmonid spawning habitat in a Mediterranean‐climate basin, California. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 62: 2740‐2751

Conceptual map of network influence within a hypothetical watershed.Relationships between land use or land cover and embeddedness, a measure of fine sediment in spawning gravels, were examined at multiple scales across 54 streams in the Russian River Basin, California. The results suggest that coarse-scale measures of watershed land use can explain a large proportion of the variability in embeddedness and that the explanatory power of this relationship increases with watershed size. Pdf download.