Affordable Tools in Riparian Restoration

Natural Resources Conservation Service
September 11th, 2018 to September 12th, 2018
Logan, UT

This workshop will bring together NRCS conservationists and partners in Utah interested in how to use low-cost tools (mimicking natural processes) to restore riparian areas to benefit wildlife and working lands. Participants will come away with:

  1. An appreciation of ecological role of beaver and the complex feedbacks between beaver activity, hydrogeomorphic responses, riparian vegetation and ecology;
  2. Exposure to ways in which beaver and beaver dam-like structures and debris jams can be used as restoration tools to mitigate specific impairments;
  3. Introduction to considerations in planning, permitting, design and building such restoration projects;
  4. Knowledge of how to use adaptive management in managing expectations about beaver as a restoration agent and/or nuisance impacts;
  5. First-hand experience designing and building some low-cost instream structures;
  6. A chance to interact with experienced practitioners & share perspectives

Day 1 - Restoring Process and Function in Riparian Areas 
Mainly classroom (8 to 6)

  • 8 AM - 10:00ish - Classroom Session - Introductions, Background & Context, Reading the Riparian Landscape
  • 10:00ish to 2:00ish - Field Tour
  • 2:00 - 6:00 - Classroom Session - Restoring Processes & Function in Riparian
  • 7:00 - 9:00 - Informal Evening Social  & Dinner @ The Bull's Head 

Day 2 - Implementing Low-Cost Structures as Restoration Tools
Mainly field (8 to 5)

  • 8 AM - 9:00ish - Classroom Session - Adaptive Management, Pilots, Maintenance & Expectation Management
  • 9:00ish to 10:30  - Travel to Birch Creek, ID
  • 3:30 to 5:00 - Synthesis Discussions on the Creek - Regulatory Context in Utah; Where to Go From Here
  • 5:00 - Departures from the Field

RiversEdge West's

mission is to advance the restoration of riparian lands through collaboration, education, and technical assistance.