The Aquatic and Riparian Effectiveness Monitoring Plan (AREMP) characterizes the ecological condition of watersheds and aquatic ecosystems to answer the basic question:
- Is the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) maintaining or restoring aquatic and riparian ecosystems to desired conditions on federal lands in the Forest Plan area?
Our monitoring effort determines present watershed condition every five years for every 6th-field watershed (with > 25% federal ownership along the stream length) based on upslope and riparian data derived from GIS layers and satellite imagery. In-channel attributes are also measured each year in a subset of watersheds to supplement the watershed condition assessments and validate the models used to assess stream condition. AREMP also tracks changes in watershed condition over time; and reports on the Forest Plan's effectiveness across the region.