K. General Design Considerations & Concepts


Synopsis of Topic

Before diving into a detailed design, or handing off the design details to your ecosystem engineer, we need to ask three key questions:
  • Why might this work here?
  • What is it going to take to work here?
  • What are your contrasts going to be, to assess whether it works?
We will talk about these as general design concepts and then we use the Bridge Creek IMW as an example of using beavers to improve fish habitat because it is one of the only efforts to use beaver as active restoration, is highly documented and monitored, and it is what several of us work on.  

Why We're Covering It

We will spend most of the morning talking about the Bridge Creek, but we need to layout the general design considerations and concepts up front, and these concepts will be generally transferable to other types of projects using beaver. Real examples will provide the best lessons on how to use beaver for restoration.  Background to this complex project will set the stage for further discussion of the Bridge Creek IMW.

Learning Outcomes

This topics helps us with the following learning outcomes for the workshop:
  • Knowledge of past and ongoing restoration projects using beaver;
  • A working understanding of considerations in restoration designs using beaver;
  • An introduction of how to develop dynamic designs utilizing beaver; and
  • How to manage public expectations regarding potential restoration responses involving beaver.


Slides & Handouts

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Relevant or Cited Literature

  • Hall, J., Pollock, M., Hoh, S., 2010. Bridge Creek Riparian Restoration Project 2010 Planting Plan. Draft V2.0. March 18 ,2010. (.pdf)
  • ISEMP, 2009. ISEMP Sampling Protocol for Stream Channel Attributes. Bridge Creek Intensively Monitored Watershed. (.pdf)
  • Weber, N. 2009. ISEMP field sampling and laboratory processing protocol for stream macroinvertebrates: Bridge Creek Intensively Monitored Watershed 2007 & 2008. EcoLogical, Inc. (.pdf)
  • Pollock, M. 2007. Intensively Monitored Watershed Restoration Project Bridge Creek Workplan-Draft. Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA-Fisheries. (.pdf)
  • Bouwes, N. ed. 2006. Integrated Status and Effectiveness Monitoring John Day pilot program, 2005 draft annual report. Compiled and edited by Eco Logical Research, Inc. Providence, UT for NOAA-Fisheries and BPA. (.pdf)  
  • Pollock, M. 2006. Intensively monitored restoration project-Bridge Creek, John Day Basin, Oregon. Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA-Fisheries. (.pdf)

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