Touchet River Martin Conservation Easement

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Land or Easement Acquisition Riparian Habitat
Project ID08-2025 AR
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date01/01/2009
End Date03/31/2012
Year2007
StatusCompleted
Last Edited04/19/2022
 
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Description    


The Blue Mountain Land Trust purchased a conservation easement to protect 35 acres of a 43 acre parcel zoned for dense development along the Touchet River, 2 miles southwest of Dayton. The conservation easement protects 35 acres of floodplain from future development along both sides of the river for 0.6 mile. This section of river is utilized for steelhead spawning and by bull trout and chinook salmon.

This land is currently zoned AR-1 and could have been divided into 1 ½ acre lots. Three adjoining 4 acre lots have already been created and sold and additional 2 acre lots are being created just east of subject property, demonstrating the development pressure present.

An NRCS fencing project was in place to prevent livestock access and grazing on the river banks accept where a water gap existed. In addition to removing development and mineral extraction potential within this 35 acre area, the landowner moved the fence location back 75 feet from the river to further protect the bank by prohibiting motorized vehicle use, grazing and other activities that could degrade the riparian habitat values. This established two zones within the easement area: an agricultural zone and a riparian zone. Only passive recreational activities and habitat improvements will be allowed within the fenced riparian zone. Outside the fence, agricultural uses will be allowed, but no development.

Weed control was completed on 1.2 acres of the riparian zone.

Project Benefit    


The goal of the project is to protect and restore native riparian vegetation along salmon bearing streams. The objective of the project is to protect and restore natural streamside vegetation, improve stream temperature, reduce erosion, filtration, and recruit large woody debris.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Land Acquisition
  Acres Acquired or Protected 35.0 35.0
  Stream Bank Miles Acquired
  or Protected
1.20 .40
Riparian Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .60 .20
  Acres Treated 1.2 1.2

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$224,117
Other$5,009
In-Kind Volunteers$4,053
In-Kind Other$31,834
Report Total:$265,013


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Location Information

  • Basin: Middle Columbia
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  • Watershed:
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  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 46.29421223
  • Longitude: -118.03227238

ESU

  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS

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Metrics

Metrics
  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 8,974.00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .60
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      N/A
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.5 Riparian Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.5.a Riparian Habitat Funding 8,974.00
      •      . . . . C.5.b.1 Total riparian miles streambank treated .60
      •      . . . . C.5.b.2 Total Riparian Acres Treated 1.2
      •      . . . . C.5.d.1 FencingY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.5.d.2 Miles of fence along stream .40
        •      . . . . . . C.5.d.3 Acres of riparian area protected by fencing 1.2
      •      . . . . C.5.h.1 Riparian plant removal/controlY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.5.h.2
          Species of plants treated/removed in riparian
          yellow starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis)
        •      . . . . . . C.5.h.3 Acres of riparian treated for plant removal/control 1.2
      •      . . C.10 Land or Easement AcquisitionY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.10.a Land acquisition funding 256,039.11
        •      . . . . C.10.b Habitat treatments applied (LOV)
        •      . . . . C.10.c.1 Acquisition or lease of land, wetland or estuarine area for conservationY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.10.c.2 Type of acquisition to protect habitat (LOV)
          •      . . . . . . C.10.c.3 Type of property protected (LOV)
          •      . . . . . . C.10.c.4 Date of expiration of protection12/31/9999 (mm/dd/yyyy)
          •      . . . . . . C.10.c.5 Miles of streambank protected by land or easement acquisition 1.20
          •      . . . . . . C.10.c.6 Acres of land, wetland or estuarine area acquired 35.0