(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

A legacy of absence : Wood removal in US rivers

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

WOHL E. (1) ;
(1) Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, ETATS-UNIS


The focus in this paper is on rivers within the continental United States, including Alaska. Removal of natural wood rafts began in the 17th century in the eastern United States and proceeded westward with the movement of European settlers, accelerating during the 19th-century era of steamboats and floating of cut timber. Removal of the natural wood rafts likely forced many rivers from a multi-thread planform with high channel-floodplain connectivity into an alternative stable state of single-thread channels with substantially reduced overbank flow, sedimentation, and avulsions. The A. proposes that widespread removal of instream wood for steamboat routes, timber rafts, and flood control was equally significant in decreasing floodplain sedimentation and river complexity, and in causing a fundamental, extensive, and intensive change in forested river corridors throughout the United States


Article of periodic

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 38, no5 [pp. 637-663]

Bibliographic references : 4 p.

Collation : 6 fig., 5 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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