Riparian Restoration Planning, Implementation and Monitoring
WILL BRENDECKE and Scott Melcher
Riparian restoration objectives have become a central part of projects on the Sisters Ranger District in recent years. Central to concerns of working in riparian areas include, but not limited to, soil impacts and stream shade concerns. Three recent projects specifically have utilized thinning in RHCAs/riparian reserves using hand-thinning and/or harvesting equipment to accomplish work. Lessons learned from planning (site specificity implied) to implementation (logging systems and design) have increased our ability to meet riparian objectives while maintaining resource protection concerns. Talking points surveyed 3 past/current projects and identified some specific differences from the planning to implementation (including logging systems and design) important in riparian management. A brief discussion on monitoring was also included in order to demonstrate more far reaching information important in measuring outcomes.