Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Western Division of the American Fisheries Society

Western Division & Idaho Chapter
American Fisheries Society
2023 Joint Annual Meeting

Small Stream Restoration Summit

Organizers:Matt Corsi and Cory Mosby, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and Josh White, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Date and Time: May 8th; 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Lunch: Not provided

Fee: Free

Maximum Number of Participants: 30

Description:Approximately 97,000 km of wadable streams exist in Idaho with their associated riparian and instream habitat. The majority of these areas are in some stage of degradation, but when healthy, these areas disproportionately contribute to biodiversity, forage production, and water availability. Enhancing these riparian and mesic habitats through low-tech process base restoration techniques, beaver translocation, and beaver mimicry have gained considerable momentum during the past 5 years, but this approach is still in its infancy.

This one-day meeting aims to build a diverse network of experienced stream restoration practitioners. Desired outcomes of this meeting include: 1) growing a network in Idaho to better deliver mesic and riparian restoration across jurisdictional boundaries at meaningful scales, 2) Identify the biggest gaps in science and monitoring related to the applicability and implementation of this approach, and 3) Develop a collective path moving forward and follow-up action items for small stream restoration in Idaho.