Lands in the Okanogan Valley have been utilized for agriculture for many years. Many stream banks are denuded of natural riparian vegetation as a legacy of this activity. Healthy, mature riparian vegetation such as cottonwood and red-osier dogwood provide shade, bank stability, sources of wood for in-stream habitat, hiding cover and many other benefits to salmon. This project, near the confluence of the Okanogan and Similkameen Rivers, will help address limiting factors – such as water temperature and habitat complexity – identified in the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Plan by planting 1,000’ of riparian vegetation along the Similkameen River.
Funding provided by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Project Completed: June 2012