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Monitoring Past Projects
2012 M2 Construction Areas
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Monitoring Coordinator John Crandall completed a snorkel survey in the side channel of MSRF’s Whitefish Island project this past year and found that the habitat is already in use by a mix of salmon species. The Whitefish project is one of a series of projects proposed for construction in the Middle Methow by MSRF over the next several years. The next project will be built at the WDFW Floodplain site (near the Twisp Airport) this summer to reconnect the river with more than 40 acres of isolated floodplain habitat and improve in-stream conditions in 1700 feet of degraded side channel. For more information, click here.
MSRF has worked with local and regional biologists for more than a decade to develop restoration projects that balance the needs of landowners with the needs of ESA-listed salmon in the Methow Valley. From our earliest projects, we have partnered with restoration groups and agency experts to expand resources available to land owners. One recent example was a partnership with Robes Parish at US Fish and Wildlife to assist landowners in reconstructing a degraded river bank at the Wolf Ridge Resort. We have monitored this project through several high waters over the past several years, and the structures we placed continue to meet the landowner’s goals of preventing further bank erosion and our goals of providing improved fish habitat. This video shows a large number of juvenile Spring Chinook salmon thriving in the constructed wood jams.Thanks again to our partners: the Wolf Ridge Homeowner’s Association, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bonneville Power Administration, Washington Department of Ecology, and the Washington Recreation Conservation office.