Salmonid Restoration Federation

2018 Large Wood Technical Field School

October 30 - 31, 2018
This two-day field school intends to train forestry and restoration professionals in both engineered and non-engineered large wood augmentation techniques that have been proven effective in restoring stream habitats on the Northern California coast. Participants will learn how to effectively design and implement large wood restoration projects by learning how to identify geomorphic conditions of a treatment stream and select appropriate implementation methods to achieve desired results. Each day will include classroom lectures, hands-on activities, field demonstrations, project site tours, and ample group discussion.
Hands-on group activities will include buoyancy and other engineering computations and the construction of large wood site scenarios in the classroom. Field school contributors will provide an on-site overview of heavy equipment implementation techniques. Additional discussion topics during the field school will include project site identification, project layout, and design considerations.
The workshop portion of the agenda will be held at the Caspar Community Center at 15051 Caspar Road Caspar, California 95420. The afternoons will be spent in the field looking at projects.
Presentations will include, but are not limited to:
Accelerated Recruitment: Cost-effective Restoration Techniques for Enhancing Instream Habitat in California Coho Streams
Chris Blencowe – Blencowe Watershed Management, Inc.
Selecting and Sourcing Trees for the Accelerated Recruitment Approach
Ken Smith – Pacific Inland, Inc.
Restoring Wood’s Essential Role in Controlling Channel Grade and Stability in Small Streams
Mike Love – Michael Love and Associates, Inc.
How to Keep Your Wood from Floating Downstream: Interactive Computations for Stability of Large Wood Structures 
Rachel Shea – Michael Love and Associates, Inc.
30 Years in the Making: California Conservation Corps Instream Large Wood Restoration Techniques
California Conservation Corps
Collaborating with Heavy Equipment Operators to Implement Large Wood Projects
Tom Leroy – Pacific Watershed Associates, Inc.
When is a Large Wood Project a Success?
Margie Caisley, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
This event is sold out. Please contact if you would like to be added to the waitlist. Include your name, affiliation, phone, email, and mailing address. 
Rustic and charming accommodations are available at beautiful Jug Handle Creek Farm at 15501 N Highway 1, Caspar, CA on a first-come, first-served basis. Two beds in a 3 person shared room are still available for $122 per person for October 29-31. Contact for more details and to make a reservation.
Another option for lodging, the Beachcomber Motel in Fort Bragg, is a few miles from Jug Handle and will most likely honor per diem rates for state employees.

Panoramic of South Fork Ten Mile River Stream Habitat Enhancement Project, photo credit TU (Libby Earthman); Rod Vogel (TU), Anna Halligan (TU), and Elizabeth Mackey (TU) pictured.
Jug Handle Creek Farm and Caspar Community Center Caspar, CA

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