North Fork Salmon River Watershed Habitat Assessment

Salmonid Restoration Planning and Assessments

Restoration Planning And Coordination Salmonid Habitat Assessment / Inventory
Project ID015 20 SA
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date12/10/2020
End Date09/30/2022
Last Edited10/27/2021
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The North Fork Salmon River is one of eight major tributaries in the Upper Salmon Basin and has five major tributary streams that are dominantly protected by Forest Service property. The Idaho PCSRF Board has been funding restoration projects in the North Fork Salmon River watershed for several years and has requested a strategic action plan and habitat assessment for the drainage. The North Fork Salmon River Watershed Habitat Assessment project will develop and provide a habitat restoration planning framework for the North Fork basin. An assessment of instream habitat conditions, identification of fish passage barriers, and a riparian habitat survey will provide an overall assessment of the North Fork watershed and identify where restoration/protection work should be focused to restore and protect habitat for Sp/Su Chinook Salmon and steelhead.

The scope of the assessment’s restoration recommendations (action plan) will focus on practicable and meaningful implementation concepts for enhancement and/or protection of native salmonid habitat and provide the information necessary to facilitate project design. The resulting plan will be used to identify, develop, and implement meaningful restoration projects in the North Fork Salmon River Watershed.

Project Benefit    

The North Fork drainage is fragmented by small acreage hobby farms and homes, which pose a challenge to the scale of projects that can be completed. The plan and assessment will help focus and develop future restoration projects and provide practical alternatives based on improving habitat for spawning and rearing conditions for ESA listed species. Assessment of geomorphic and riparian features of the watershed will allow stakeholders to better understand the physical processes that limit the quality and quantity of fish habitat in the context of land use in the basin.


Metric Completed Originally
Planning and Assessment
  Stream Miles Assessed 21.00

Funding Details

Report Total:$77,913

Project Map


North Fork Salmon River Watershed     

  • Worksite Identifier: North Fork Salmon River Watershed
  • Start Date: 12/10/2020
  • End Date: 09/30/2022
Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: Salmon
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Idaho
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 45.49282
  • Longitude: -113.9668


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  • B.0 Salmonid Restoration Planning and AssessmentsY (Y/N)
    •      . . B.0.a Planning And Assessment Funding .00
    •      . . B.0.b.1 Area Encompassed
    •      . . B.0.b.2 Stream Miles Affected
    •      . . B.1 Restoration Planning And CoordinationY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . B.1.a Planning and Coordination funding
      •      . . . . B.1.b.12 Developing restoration/action planY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.12.a
          Name of plan developed
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.12.b
          Description and scope of the plan developed
      •      . . B.2 Salmonid Habitat Assessment / InventoryY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . B.2.a Habitat Assessment Funding
        •      . . . . B.2.b.1 Watershed AssessmentY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . B.2.b.2
            Name of document(s)
        •      . . . . B.2.c Instream SurveyY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . B.2.c.1 Type of instream survey (LOV)
          •      . . . . . . B.2.c.2 Stream miles assessed
        •      . . . . 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