The paired watershed approach is the most popular tool for quantifying the effects of forest watershed management on water sustainability. But this approach does not often address the critical factor of water stored in the landscape. Future work needs to quantify storage in paired watershed studies to inform sustainable water management.

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  1. Global Institute for Water Security, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

    • J. J. McDonnell
  2. School of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Ludong University, Yantai, China

    • J. J. McDonnell
  3. School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

    • J. J. McDonnell
  4. Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA

    • J. Evaristo
  5. College of Science and Mathematics, University of the Philippines Mindanao, Davao City, Philippines

    • J. Evaristo
  6. College of Natural Resources and Environment, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, China

    • J. Evaristo
  7. Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA

    • K. D. Bladon
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  8. School of the Environment, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

    • J. Buttle
  9. School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada

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  10. Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN, USA

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  11. Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Corvallis, OR, USA

    • G. Grant
  12. Faculty of Forest Sciences and Natural Resources, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile

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  13. Warnell School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

    • C. R. Jackson
  14. Geography, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA

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  15. Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation and Virginia Water Resources Research Center, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA

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  16. Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

    • D. F. Scott
  17. Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Queensland, Australia

    • R. C. Sidle
  18. Bren School, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

    • C. Tague

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