Mapping the impact of clear-cutting on the watershed
Composite landscape modeling using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
To assess the spatial and temporary variability of historic timbering in the Susquehanna watershed, historic records and maps are being studied, as well as interviews with some of the last living loggers who floated timber to market in the United States - the upper Kennebec River in northern Maine.
These accounts are enabling us to determine relative percentages of watersheds that were denudated and composite those map layers with geologic and topographic information to created 3D geospatial models which can better qualify the susceptibility to soil erosion and delivery to the stream.
Field investigations are being conducted to locate historic remnants of logging structures in the streams (top photo), not only because they are interesting, but because they often act as grade control structures or sediment traps which are are prone to failure during floods.