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Active Cooperative Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Committee Projects 
Cooperative Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Committee 

CMER Active Projects

Background Information:
The CMER work plan is organized by Forests & Fish Report “rule groups”. A rule group is a set of forest practices rules relating either to a particular resource, such as wetlands, or fish-bearing streams, or to a particular type of forest practice, such as road construction and maintenance. Although the rule group divisions are somewhat arbitrary, they provide a useful framework for the research and monitoring strategy. Critical research and monitoring questions are identified at the rule group level to address information gaps related to scientific uncertainty and resource risk associated with the rules. Once the research and monitoring questions are identified, programs are developed to address them. Programs consist of one or more related projects designed to strategically address a set of related scientific questions. Completion of a CMER project will typically result in one or more final CMER products. Final products come in a variety of formats including but not limited to reports, models, data, websites, and software.

The tables below are organized in rule groups with programs that have one or more active projects. For completed projects, please visit the Completed CMER Projects page

Type N Riparian Prescriptions Rule Group ▬ Type N Riparian Effectiveness Program

ProjectDescriptionDownloads

Westside Type N Buffer Characteristics, Integrity, and Function -- Re-sample

Contact:

Howard Haemmerle

(360) 902-2143

howard.haemmerle@dnr.wa.gov

This project is a re-sample of the Type N stream riparian prescriptions on riparian stand conditions, fallen trees, LWD recruitment, shade, channel wood loading and soil disturbance from wind thrown trees (BCIF project).

BCIF Final Report - CMER 12-1201 (1,558 KB PDF)

 

BCIF Re-sample Progress Report (38KB PDF)

Type N Experimental Buffer Treatment

Hard Rock Status: Report writing

Contact:
Amy Kurtenbach
(360) 902-1029
amy.kurtenbach@dnr.wa.gov

This project is designed to compare the effect of three different Type N stream buffer treatments on riparian function variables and amphibian populations. Downstream effects on water quality and fish populations will also be assessed.
Study Plan (763KB PDF)

Map of Sites (575KB PDF)

Hard Rock Progress Report (21KB PDF)

Type N Experimental Buffer Treatment (Soft rock)
Soft Rock Status: Data collection
Contact:
Howard Haemmerle
(360) 902-2142
howard.haemmerle@dnr.wa.gov

This project is designed to compare the effect s of Type N stream buffer treatments on riparian inputs, water quality, and exports to fish-bearing waters in incompetent (soft rock) lithologies in Western Washington. Study Plan (QAPP) (182KB PDF)

Soft Rock Progress Report(21KB PDF)

Eastside Type N Characterization

Status: Analysis and report writing

Contact:
Amy Kurtenbach
(360) 902-1029
amy.kurtenbach@dnr.wa.gov

This project will determine the current status, characteristics, and distribution of Type N streams in eastside forestlands subject to the Forest Practices Act.
Study Plan (3,090KB PDF)

Progress Report (37KB PDF)


Type N Riparian Prescriptions Rule Group ▬ Type N Amphibian Response Program

ProjectDescriptionDownloads
Tailed Frog Literature Review and Meta-Analysis

Status: Report final review and revision

Contact:
Amy Kurtenbach

(360) 902-1029

amy.kurtenback@dnr.wa.gov

This project is a literature review and meta-analysis of previous published studies and data sets related to timber harvest effects on tailed frogs.
Lit Review Progress Report (60KB PDF)

Meta-Analysis Progress Report (58KB PDF)

Dunn’s and Van Dyke’s Salamanders

Status: Finish

Contact:
 Amy Kurtenback

(360) 902-1029

amy.kurtenback@dnr.wa.gov

This project, done in cooperation with the Forest Service, is designed to provide additional information on the role of LWD in these species’ habitats.
Study Plan (43KB PDF)

Progress Report (61KB PDF)

Buffer Integrity/Shade Effectiveness (Amphibians)

Status: Report final review and revision

Contact:
Amy Kurtenbach
(360) 902-1029
amy.kurtenbach@dnr.wa.gov

This project will estimate the effects of 4 shade levels on amphibian abundance, body condition, spatial organization, periphyton accumulation, macro-invertebrate and particulate organic matter drift, and water temperature.
Study Plan (81KB PDF)

Progress Report (20KB PDF)


Type F Riparian Prescriptions Rule Group ▬ Type F Statewide Prescription Monitoring Program

ProjectDescriptionDownloads
Type F Riparian Prescription Monitoring (Westside)

Status: Final report 

Contact:
Jim Hotvedt
(360) 902-1742
jim.hotvedt@dnr.wa.gov

This Project will evaluate the effectiveness of the Type F riparian prescriptions, including survival of buffer leave trees, stand condition and trajectory over time, and changes in riparian functions including shade, LWD recruitment, and soil disturbance.
Type N & F Study Plan (915KB PDF)

Progress Report (11KB PDF)

Type F Riparian Prescription Monitoring (Eastside - bull trout add-on)

Status: Data collection 

Contact:
Howard Haemmerle
(360) 902-2142
howard.haemmerle@dnr.wa.gov

This project will evaluate the effectiveness of eastside Type F riparian prescriptions on buffer tree integrity/survival and changes in stand conditions and LWD recruitment.
Study Plan (102KB PDF)

Progress Report (21KB PDF)


Type F Riparian Prescriptions Rule Group ▬ Hardwood Conversion Program

ProjectDescriptionDownloads
Riparian Hardwood Conversion

Status: Report writing

Contact:
Howard Haemmerle
(360) 902-2142
howard.haemmerle@dnr.wa.gov

This project will provide information on techniques, tools, and treatments for harvesting hardwood trees in riparian areas and re-establishing free-to-grow conifers that are on trajectory to dominate the sites.
Study Plan (354KB PDF)

Progress Report (21KB PDF)

Hardwood Conversion Study Interim Report (5,330KB PDF)


Type F Riparian Prescriptions Rule Group ▬ Extensive Riparian Monitoring Projects Program

ProjectDescriptionDownloads
Extensive Riparian Monitoring

Status: Initial sampling event Eastern WA - Type F completed; 
Initial sampling event Western WA - Type F&N Report review and revision

Contact:
Howard Haemmerle
(360) 902-2142
howard.haemmerle@dnr.wa.gov

The purpose of this project is to obtain an unbiased estimate of the distribution of stream temperatures across forestlands subject to the Forest Practices Act, as well as identify trends over time as necessary.
Study Plan (192KB PDF)

Study Plan Addendum (40KB PDF)

Temp Progress Report (20KB PDF)

Veg Progress Report (13KB PDF)


Type F Riparian Prescriptions Rule Group ▬ Eastside Riparian Type F Program

ProjectDescriptionDownloads
Eastside Type F Riparian Current Condition Assessment

Status: Implementation

Contact:
Howard Haemmerle
(360) 902-2142
howard.haemmerle@dnr.wa.gov

This project is a baseline assessment of current riparian forest stand conditions, and will help develop targets to accomplish prescription scale evaluation.

Study Plan (2MB PDF)

Progress Report (10KB PDF)
Eastside Type F Riparian

Characterization Project (EWRAP), Phase II

Status: Analysis and report writing

Contact:
Howard Haemmerle
(360) 902-2142
howard.haemmerle@dnr.wa.gov

The purpose of Phase II of the EWRAP is to evaluate current and projected riparian stand conditions using data collected during Phase I of this study.

Progress Report (34KB PDF)


Wetland Protection Rule Group ▬ Wetlands Mitigation Effectiveness Program

ProjectDescriptionDownloads

Forested Wetlands Literature Synthesis

Status: Review and revision

Contact:
Amy Kurtenbach
(360) 902-1029
amy.kurtenbach@dnr.wa.gov

This literature synthesis report will address the uncertainty about how harvesting wetlands and building roads in and adjacent to wetlands affects the capacity of wetlands to contribute to watershed processes that support fish, amphibians and water quality.Progress Report (20KB PDF)


Wildlife Rule Group ▬ Wildlife Program

ProjectDescriptionDownloads

RMZ Study Resample Project
Status: Final report

Contact:
Amy Kurtenbach
(360) 902-1029
amy.kurtenbach@dnr.wa.gov

This project evaluated the effects of upland forest harvest and riparian management zone retention on the abundance and diversity of songbirds, small mammals, and terrestrial amphibians in managed forests of eastern and western Washington using two buffer configurations (state regulations and a modified version of the state regulations).
Progress Report (13KB PDF)

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fp_am_cmer_contacts.pdf  CMER Contact Information  (13KB  PDF)

fp_am_cmer_protocol.pdf  CMER Standards and Protocols Manual  (1,971KB  PDF)

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