Chapter 6: Low-Tech Restoration Project Implementation
The sixth chapter is targeted at practitioners responsible for implementing low-tech process-based restoration projects. We focus on the three primary components of implementation and cover the following topics:
- Consultation and Permitting
- Building Materials for Low-Tech Structures
- Tools & Equipment for Building Low-Tech Structures
- General Construction Guidance
Chapter 6 also has appendices on:
- Appendix A: Post Driver Information
- Appendix B: Wood Replenishment with Griphoists
Implications for Practice
- Key phases of restoration project implementation include obtaining regulatory consultations and permits, construction, monitoring and adaptive management.
- Application of beaver dam analogues (BDAs) and post-assisted log structures (PALS) as low-tech tools for process-based restoration is an emerging approach that may require working closely with local regulators to increase awareness of the practice and expected outcomes.
- Unlike traditional restoration practice where construction is generally done by specialized contractors or heavy equipment operators, low-tech structures are often hand-crafted and can be built by a much broader range of practitioners (e.g., from volunteers and conservation corps crews to professionals). This allows more people to participate in restoration, however, it involves additional safety and logistical considerations.
- Bennett, S.N., Wheaton, J.M., Bouwes, N., Camp, R., Jordan, C.E., Macfarlane, W.W., Maestas, J.D., Shahverdian, S. and Weber, N. 2019. Chapter 6 - Low-Tech Restoration Project Implementation. In: J.M. Wheaton, S.N. Bennett, N. Bouwes, J.D. Maestas and S.M. Shahverdian (Editors), Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration of Riverscapes: Design Manual. Utah State University Wheaton Restoration Consortium, Logan, Utah. 38 pp. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.25043.22567