Does terrestrial land use affect salmon habitat in small streams in the North Thompson watershed?
Changes in terrestrial land use within a watershed such as forest harvesting can alter inputs of water, sediment, nutrients, and light. These changes in terrestrial habitat result in changes in aquatic habitat quality such as water temperature, sediment size, large woody debris availability, nutrient availability, and habitat availability as water levels shift. Altered physical stream habitat can have biological outcomes in juvenile salmon such as altered growth rates, population densities, and life histories. My research will explore the connections between land use and coho salmon habitat in small streams throughout the North Thompson watershed.