A selection of ongoing projects
Asotin Creek IMW, Southeast Washington
Effectiveness & Efficiency in LWD Restoration
Since 2008, ELR has been working with the Snake River Salmon Recovery Board and its partners in southeast Washington on the Asotin Creek Intensively Monitored Watershed project. Intensive land use has caused literally thousands of river miles to be in a severe LWD deficit. This project was designed to test whether High Density LWD (HDLWD) restoration could be used to improve threatened and endangered salmonid habitat over large spatial scales.
Select ELR publications from the Asotin Creek IMW
Progress and Challenges of Testing the Effectiveness of Stream Restoration in the Pacific Northwest Using Intensively Monitored Watersheds. Fisheries 41(2):92-103 · February 2016
Net Rate of Energy Intake Predicts Reach-Level Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) Densities in Diverse Basins from a Large Monitoring Program. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 73(7) · December 2015
Bear Creek, Wheeler County, Oregon
Restoration of Perennial Flow in High - Desert Streams
A collaborative restoration and monitoring effort between ELR, the Wheeler County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. This project was designed to test the effectiveness of using beaver based restoration as a means to restore perennial streamflow in steelhead rearing streams.
Cutthroat Trout Conservation
Habitat Conservation and Invasive Species Risks for an Iconic Western Fish
The ELR staff know cutthroat, and much of our training and work experience in fisheries science came from studying this iconic western fish. Our work toward cutthroat conservation includes studying hybridization across the range of Westslope Cutthroat in British Columbia, studying competition with invasive species in one of the last strongholds for Bonneville Cutthroat in northern Utah, and assessing grazing impacts on Colorado cutthroat throughout the Colorado plateau.
Select cutthroat conservation publications from ELR
Annual Variation of Spawning Cutthroat Trout in a Small Western USA Stream: A Case Study with Implications for the Conservation of Potamodromous Trout Life History Diversity. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 34(5) · September 2014
Demographic Changes Following Mechanical Removal of Exotic Brown Trout in an Intermountain West (USA), High-Elevation Stream. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 24(2) · April 2014
Grazing Management Influences the Subsidy of Terrestrial Prey to Trout in Central Rocky Mountain Streams (USA). Freshwater Biology 57 · December 2012
Bridge Creek IMW, Oregon
Partnering with Beaver to Restore Steelhead Habitat
For over a decade, ELR has collaborated with NOAA Fisheries in the design, implementation, and monitoring of an ecosystem level experiment in fisheries habitat restoration. The restoration methods and long-term monitoring data collected by ELR have become a model for the development of cost-efficient and effective restoration practices now being implemented throughout the Northwest.
Select Bridge Creek publications from ELR
Ecosystem experiment reveals benefits of natural and simulated beaver dams to a threatened population of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Scientific Reports 6:28581 · July 2016