Habitat Restoration through Beaver Supplementation

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Instream Habitat
Project ID20-1565 PR
Recovery DomainsWillamette and Interior Columbia
Start Date09/16/2020
End Date01/15/2024
Last Edited04/19/2022
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The grant will initiate a program to improve habitat for ESA-listed Mid-Columbia Steelhead and other listed salmonids in the Klickitat Lead Entity area by relocating nuisance beavers to salmonid-bearing streams. The grant supports planning, design, and implementation. Beaver relocations will be limited to streams where beavers can positively impact habitat for ESA-listed salmonids. During the first year of the project, biologists will identify release sites with willing landowners based on stream surveys. These surveys will focus on streams most likely to have high potential based on local knowledge, input from land managers and the results of two beaver models that will have been completed for the area. Beaver releases are planned for the second and third year of the grant. The work funded by this proposal will follow the rules of WDFWs beaver relocation pilot program and guidelines from the Beaver Restoration Guidebook and other successful beaver relocation projects, and include the installation of beaver dam analogs. By building dams, beavers create a variety of habitat improvements that include raising water tables, re-timing runoff that attenuates low summer flows, and adding wood.

Project Benefit    

The goal of this proposal is to begin a project that will improve habitat in salmonid-bearing tributaries in the Klickitat Lead Entity by relocating beavers to streams where they can improve habitat-forming processes.
The desired future condition includes improved fish habitat for all life stages of salmonids by increased summer flows, decreased stream temperatures in summer, increased habitat heterogeneity, improved overbank flow, increased floodplain connection and hyporheic exchange, higher groundwater levels, re-timing runoff, creating pools and wetlands, increased woody material, increased multi-threaded channels, increased edge habitat, robust riparian zones and increased stream buffering, and increased macroinvertebrate productivity leading to increased juvenile salmonid production.


Metric Completed Originally
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated 2.00

Funding Details

In-Kind Other$2,400
Report Total:$141,713

Project Map


1-Klickitat LE Area    

  • Worksite Identifier: 1-Klickitat LE Area
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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: 45.7993307
  • Longitude: -121.48278265


  • Lower Columbia River Coho Salmon ESU
  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS




  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.4 Instream Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.4.a Instream Habitat Funding
      •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated
      •      . . . . C.4.d.1 Channel structure placementY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.2 Material used for channel structure (LOV)
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.3 Miles of stream treated through channel structure placement
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.5 Pools expected to be created through channel structure placement
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.7 Number of structures placed in channel
      •      . . . . C.4.h.1 BeaversY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.4.h.2 Number of beavers introduced