*THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED* We may attempt to reschedule it for later in 2020.
The practice of restoring rivers and streams has evolved much in recent decades. Restoration strategies vary from volunteers spending weekends rolling rocks into their favorite streams to increase cover for trout, to professional staff developing, designing and implementing watershed-scale projects to restore hydrologic and fluvial processes in streams and rivers across the country. This presentation will describe some of the tools used, from the passive restoration projects that change land use, to low-intensity “hand-tool” projects that encourage beaver activity and increase instream wood, to massive construction projects that rebuild valley bottoms. The common thread in all these approaches is a focus on restoring the natural processes that build and maintain habitat and water quality to support fisheries and aquatic habitat.
Warren Colyer is Trout Unlimited’s Western Water and Habitat Program Director. He has a background in political science and aquatic ecology and has worked to restore fisheries and rivers in Montana and throughout the West. His work has included various stream restoration techniques, as well as developing partnerships and communication strategies to ensure long-term success. Warren lives in Missoula, Montana.
Trout Unlimited is a grassroots sportsmen’s 501c(3) conservation organization that has worked to improve trout and salmon habitat across the United States for more than half a century. Trout Unlimited partners with local governments, public lands management agencies, agricultural producers, landowners, and other non-profit organizations on pragmatic, voluntary, and market-driven solutions to benefit fish and wildlife habitat.