White Salmon Basin Beaver Assessment

Salmonid Restoration Planning and Assessments

Salmonid Habitat Assessment / Inventory
Project ID12-1668 P
Recovery DomainsWillamette and Interior Columbia
Start Date12/06/2012
End Date06/15/2015
Year2012
StatusCompleted
Last Edited04/19/2022
 
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Description    


The White Salmon Basin Beaver Assessment evaluated habitat conditions in the anadromous tributaries of the White Salmon River to identify sites where salmonid habitat could benefit from beaver re-introduction. The project is sponsored by Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group. The scope of work included:

1. Inventory tributary habitats that could benefit from re-colonization / re-introduction of American beaver (Castor canadensis).
2. Provide information to landowners on the habitat benefits created by beaver pools, as well as beaver management options.
3. Identify willing landowners open to beaver re-colonization / release.
4. Develop a list of potential release sites with suitable beaver habitat, willing landowners, and aquatic conditions that could benefit from habitat modifications typically associated with beaver activity.
5. Fill a data gap by developing more detailed and specific information necessary to proceed to a restoration/protection type project.

The project drew on the lessons learned from other successful beaver projects in eastern Washington watersheds. The project addresses key limiting habitat factors identified in the Klickitat Salmon Recovery strategy, including lack of instream structure to create pools, low quality pools, low summer flows, high peak flows, high summer temperatures, loss of floodplain connectivity and capacity, and loss of upper watershed wetlands.

Project Benefit    


The White Salmon Basin Beaver Assessment evaluated habitat conditions in the anadromous tributaries of the White Salmon to identify sites where salmonid habitat could benefit from beaver re-introduction.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$17,991
Other$3,173
In-Kind Donated Labor$120
Report Total:$21,284


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Worksites

1-White Salmon River Basin    


  • Worksite Identifier: 1-White Salmon River Basin
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Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: Middle Columbia
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  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Willamette and Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 45.91298132
  • Longitude: -121.49506455

ESU

  • Un-Named ESU Chinook
  • Un-Named ESU Coho
  • Un-Named ESU Steelhead

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Metrics

Metrics
  • B.0 Salmonid Restoration Planning and AssessmentsY (Y/N)
    •      . . B.0.a Planning And Assessment Funding 21,284.06
    •      . . B.0.b.1 Area Encompassed 399.2
    •      . . B.0.b.2 Stream Miles Affected 1.00
    •      . . B.2 Salmonid Habitat Assessment / InventoryY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . B.2.a Habitat Assessment Funding 21,284.06
      •      . . . . B.2.b.1 Watershed AssessmentY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.2.b.2
          Name of document(s)
          n/a
      •      . . . . B.2.d Habitat surveysY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.2.d.1 Type of habitat survey/assessment (LOV)
        •      . . . . . . B.2.d.2 Amount of habitat assessed 399.2
        •      . . . . . . B.2.d.3 Amount of habitat assessed that needed restoration 399.2