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Watershed Threats and Problems - Sideling Hill Creek

Growth pressure from nearby urban areas, the failure of small farms to thrive in the face of a more concentrated farming industry, and the choice of many farm children to pursue other occupations often means that the path of least resistance is to subdivide farms into residential lots. The Sideling Hill Creek Watershed has thus far managed to escape commercial development and loss of its forest canopy protection. This may change, however, with the increased immigration of people employed outside of the area.

Other threats to the watershed include exotic invasive species - aggressively spreading species without natural predators. Because they do not have natural predators, they are able to out-compete the native flora and fauna in the area. This problem can be exacerbated by another watershed threat - timber harvesting that takes place in an unsustainable way. Managed timber harvests help maintain the diversity and health of a forest. Without this type of management, the forest's composition can be altered, opening up habitat for undesirable and invasive species.

Trends in the watershed are not entirely man made. Browsing by an overabundant population of white-tail threatens the regeneration of forests, and loss of streamside buffers contributes to nutrients, sediments and other pollutants entering the stream.

Watershed Map

Sideling Hill Creek Watershed Map
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