Forest & Range Evaluation Program Fish/Riparian Monitoring
The goal of monitoring the condition of streams, wetlands, and their adjacent riparian management areas is to determine whether Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) standards and practices governed by regulation are achieving the desired result of protecting water quality, fish habitat, wildlife habitat and biodiversity associated with riparian areas. This can be determined by answering the following question:
“Are riparian forestry and range practices effective in maintaining the structural integrity and functions of stream and wetland ecosystems and other aquatic resource features over both short and long terms?”
Given the interconnectivity of aquatic ecosystems and fish habitats within drainage basins, interpretations of effectiveness are relevant not only in the context of site-specific management, but also in terms of downstream or downslope effects and at broader spatial scales encompassing the whole watershed.
Management practices in some situations are prescribed under statue, while other situations utilize the experience of a licensed professional to determine the appropriate site-specific management practices. The areas without legally prescribed management are one of the priorities for the FREP monitoring and evaluation.