Effects of logging on macroinvertebrates in streams with and without buffer strips

350 210 Stroud Water Research Center

Newbold, J.D., D.C. Erman, and K.B. Roby. 1980. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 37(7):1076–1085.

doi: 10.1139/f80-140


The impact of logging with and without buffer strip protection on stream macroinvertebrates was examined through comparisons of community structure in commercially logged and control watersheds throughout northern California. A nonparametric test of community dissimilarities within matched blocks of two control and one or two treated stations showed significant (P < 0.05) logging effects on unprotected streams when Euclidean distance and mutual information were used as dissimilarity indices, but not when chord distance was used. Shannon diversity in unprotected streams was lower (P < 0.01) than in control (unlogged) streams; densities of total macroinvertebrate fauna and of Chironomidae, Baetis, and Nemoura were higher in unprotected streams than in controls (P < 0.05). Streams with narrow buffer strips (< 30 m) showed significant effects by the Euclidean distance test, but diversity varied widely and was not significantly different from that in either unprotected or control streams. Macroinvertebrate communities in streams with wide buffers (≥ 30 m) could not be distinguished from those of controls by either Euclidean distance or diversity; however, diversity in wide-buffered streams was significantly greater than in streams without buffer strips, indicating effective protection from logging effects.