The primary objective of the Methow Riparian Restoration project is to systematically restore riparian habitat on large publicly owned parcels within the Methow Valley which will lead to improved habitat conditions for all salmonids and other terrestrial wildlife. This project will take place on WDFW lands, address the lack of healthy riparian plant communities, and will affect coho and Chinook salmon in spawning, fry, and migratory stages, as well as steelhead and many resident fish species. These sites have been impaired from many years of agriculture and livestock grazing practice. The native riparian vegetation, which at one point made the Methow such a suitable habitat for salmonids, has generally been removed, significantly diminished and/or replaced by invasive plants and noxious weeds in many areas.
CCFEG and WDFW intend to replant degraded areas, primarily in former crop lands, with native riparian species, which will help to restore the natural habitat processes. Riparian restoration reduces stream temperatures, increases large woody debris recruitment, and increases habitat diversity and channel stability (UCSRB, 2007).
These plantings will augment future restoration projects near these project sites. A healthy riparian zone will provide a sustainable source of suitable LWD, and will also provide salmonids with cover from the sun and predators, and help stabilize river banks.
In partnership with: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Funded by: The Salmon Reocovery Funding Board.