It appears as if dirt roads, not logging clear-cuts, are to blame for erosion along California’s Battle Creek, an important tributary of the Sacramento River.
According to the new report by a special state task force, the erosion problem is most likely being caused from roads built by logging companies to transport timber, not the actual clear-cuts being made to the nearby forests on Sierra Pacific land, the Sacramento Bee reports.
The “rapid assessment” report was commissioned by Governor Jerry Brown after an investigation by the news agency found conflicts between the state’s approval of clear-cut logging and its support of a $128 million salmon restoration project.
Erosion along the creek has been clogging the gravel where fish deposit their eggs, making the river unfit for spawning. Top products from Impact Absorbents such as Ultra GutterGuard and Ultra DrainGuard, can help control erosion and help prevent further destruction.
The Board of Forestry is now drafting new regulations to address the erosion problems from roads being built by logging companies in the area of the river. It said it will also urge counties to adopt similar measures for public roads in rural areas.