Trees that fall into a river, commonly called large woody debris (LWD), plays a major role in a healthy river system.  LWD in a river creates habitat diversity for fish and other aquatic organisms, facilitates the transport of sediment, and can help prevent stream bank erosion by absorbing erosive forces of high stream flows. However, large woody debris can also create upstream impoundments, massive log jams and redirection of water flow. These types of changes can often result in problems for communities and streamside property owners. The Clinton River Watershed Council has initiated a “Woody Debris Focus Group” to educate communities and individuals about LWD and direct efforts to remediate problem areas. The Clinton River Watershed Council seeks to minimize LWD problems while maintaining the benefits wood provides to a stream.

Large Woody Debris Manual