High Quality Riparian Restoration at Pace and Scale (Rogue River)

4:30 - 5:30
Abstract

The Freshwater Trust (TFT), a nonprofit river restoration organization, began working in the Rogue River Basin in Southern Oregon in 2012 by planting more than 5,000 native trees and shrubs on streamside property north of Medford. Since then, TFT’s efforts to reduce water temperature and restore native fish habitat have grown to 18 project sites. These early actions have helped build capacity and spur additional projects with local partners to fix the basin. Flowing from the foothills of Crater Lake to its estuary in Gold Beach, the Rogue is an ecologically diverse home to rare and endemic species. Such conditions make it the ideal watershed for large-scale targeted restoration. In five years, TFT has grown its Rogue restoration program to 15 miles (100 acres) of instream and nearstream projects, with similar growth expected in the future. Major projects include riparian restoration sites for the City of Medford to meet water temperature requirements of the Clean Water Act, and large wood structures for the Bureau of Reclamation to meet requirements of a biological opinion for fish habitat. To rapidly increase the pace, scale, and concentration of restoration efforts, TFT secured a range of large multi-year funding sources.

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