The Associationís legacy as wildlife
stewards has been built by its members actively
participating in projects intended to enhance
sensitive watersheds serving coldwater
fisheries where need is the greatest.
Working in close collaboration with State
wildlife biologists, the Association
continually seeks funding to support fish
habitat restoration and monitoring
projects. Aside from grants generously
awarded by Foundations, the balance of the
funding for each of the chapterís habitat
restoration projects come from their chapter
fundraising efforts, individual donations and
The goal of habitat restoration projects is to enhance stream and riparian zone work to benefit naturally spawning fish on the Federal Endangered or Threatened Species lists. Examples of rivers needing significant habitat restorative attention include the Willamette, McKenzie, Santiam, Sandy, Clackamas and coastal rivers.
The goal of monitoring is to collect data to enable ODFW to better manage fish populations. Volunteers take part in spawning and juvenile surveys, presence/absence (of fish) surveys, and temperature monitoring. They cooperate with agencies on more complex data collections.
The Associationís chapters typically utilize
considerable volunteer labor from various
Association chapters who bring tools to carry
out the habitat restoration projects so that
project costs are kept low. At least a
dozen members are involved with the work on
each project. Examples of the work
include the use of rock filled baskets
(gabions) and placed logs to create better
spawning conditions for fish.
Specifically, the gabions are placed in stream
to collect spawning gravels and to help make
jump pools to enhance fish passage over
obstacles. Log placement is used to
achieve better fish passage and provide shelter
for small fish in high flows. Riparian
zone plantings control
Success of each completed habitat restoration project will be measured by the written certification by the ODFW Wildlife biologist assigned to each project that the Association Chapter overseeing the restoration has met all State and Federal guidelines and regulations for such work. A time frame for completion is typically assigned by the biologist to ensure little or no interference to natural spawning and is one of the final criteria used in measuring success.
When habitat restoration projects are planned, they will be listed on this link. Continue to check back to see upcoming projects.