Stream crossings are often necessary to complete a logging operation. Because stream crossings have direct contact with the stream, care should be taken while installing or removing stream crossings so that there is as little impact as possible to the streambed and water quality.
The first thing you should decide when planning your road system and stream crossings is whether or not you actually need to cross any stream. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you decide that a stream crossing is necessary:
- Is there access from the backside of the tract?
- Can I purchase a temporary easement or work out a deal with an adjacent landowner?
- Can I go around the head of the stream?
- Is the timber on the other side valuable enough to warrant crossing the stream?
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