Salmonid Restoration Federation
11 April - 14, 2018
Fortuna, California

Identifying Appropriate Site-Specific Methods and Target Criteria for Instream Large Wood Restoration Efforts in California

Workshop Coordinators:
Anna Halligan, Trout Unlimited
Elizabeth Mackey, Trout Unlimited

Due to the important role of large wood in restoring and maintaining instream salmonid habitats, wood augmentation has become a common element in stream restoration. Given the frequency and intensity of instream large wood restoration efforts in California over the last several decades, restoration practitioners and agencies alike have learned a great deal about the success and applicability (or lack thereof) of a wide variety of large wood implementation methods.  In order to help improve the efficacy of these types of projects, and to help identify when and where specific application of these methods may be the most appropriate, it is important for restoration practitioners to communicate their lessons learned and experiences with one another. This workshop will focus on presenting several instream large wood implementation methods and techniques, followed by a discussion of where and when it is best to apply specific methods.

The morning portion of the workshop includes several presentations from large wood restoration practitioners on a wide-array of implementation techniques. These presentations will include hands-on construction demonstrations and video footage, as well as provide an opportunity for participants to work through some mathematical calculations.

The afternoon will consist of some directed small group discussion as well as a facilitated panel discussion. Discussion topics will include considering project outcomes when selecting treatment methods, the effectiveness of structure designs in achieving particular outcomes, and how to determine appropriate wood loading densities for various project types.

Accelerated Recruitment: Cost-efficient Restoration Techniques for Enhancing Instream Habitat in California Coho Streams 
Chris Blencowe and Ken Smith (co-presenting), Blencowe Watershed Management and Pacific Inland Inc.

30 Years in the Making: California Conservation Corps Instream Large Wood Restoration Techniques 
Brett Leonard, California Conservation Corps

Restoring Wood’s Essential Role in Controlling Channel Grade and Stability in Small Streams
Michael 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.

Building Salmonid Habitat Complexity and Resiliency in Tributaries of the Lower Klamath River – Innovations and Lessons Learned 
Rocco Fiori, Fiori GeoSciences

Simple LWD Structures, Big Geomorphic Changes 
Marjorie Caisley, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Panelists include Chris Blencowe, Blencowe Watershed Management, Inc., Dave Wright, The Nature Conservancy, Scott Monday, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Rocco Fiori, Fiori GeoSciences, Marjorie Caisley, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Michael Love, Michael Love and Associates, Inc., and Brett Leonard, California Conservation Corps.