Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

Idaho Chapter
American Fisheries Society
2021 Annual Meeting

Habitat - Stage 0 follow-up and Fish Response

STAGE 0 Short Course:
A Look at Stage 0 Restoration and an Analysis of How it Might Affect Population Dynamics in the Salmon River

Organizers: Brian Cluer (NOAA Fisheries, WCR), Paul Powers (US Forest Service), and Jeanne McFall (Idaho Chapter AFS Habitat Committee)

Presenters: Brian Cluer, Tim Beechie, and George Pess (NOAA Fisheries, WCR and NWFSC) Johan Hogervorst, Kate Meyer, and Paul Powers, (US Forest Service)

Sponsored by: Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Aquatic Habitat Committe with help from the Continuing Education Committee

Description: This day-long short course on Stage 0 restoration will expand upon the introductory information presented during the 2020 Idaho AFS conference. The 2021 course will deliver an abbreviated background on the historical prevalence of these river valleys, how they supported the highly productive landscapes present during early European settlement, and the ecological value of Stage 0 restoration. Design and implementation practitioners from the US Forest Service will present a brief background on the advancements of the restoration practice and share examples of numerous completed projects across various ecotypes. Forest Service practitioners will provide an in-depth look at short-term results from two well-monitored projects, with an emphasis on salmonid suitable habitat and biotic responses. The second half of the course will shift to predicting the effectiveness of habitat improvements for various salmonid life stages in response to Stage 0 restoration. Examples will be shared including valley terrain analysis, numerical hydraulic and habitat modeling, and how those translate to improvements to population level responses. These concepts and analysis will be applied to the Pahsimeroi river to evaluate what restoration might look like in an Idaho river and how we might expect the salmon populations to respond. The course will conclude with a high-level evaluation of habitat conditions in several valleys within the Upper Salmon River and Middle Fork Salmon River salmon strongholds.

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