This workshop was solicited by BLM’s Alden Shallcross, the State Lead - Montana/Dakotas Aquatic Habitat Management Program. The workshop was made possible thanks to the generous support of the BLM Montana/Dakotas, and a grant to Utah State University’s Restoration Consortium and Joe Wheaton’s ET-AL lab. The workshop content grew out of over 20 LTPBR workshops taught by Utah State University and the online modules were developed in 2020 for an NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife workshop series.
This workshop will introduce BLM staff and partners to ‘low-tech’ process-based approaches for restoring streams and their associated riparian areas (riverscapes) to benefit fish, wildlife, and working lands. Participants will learn principles guiding low-tech process-based restoration and become familiar with simple, hand-built tools, including Beaver Dam Analogues (BDAs) and Post-Assisted Log Structures (PALS), intended to mimic and promote specific ecosystem processes. Participants will gain basic skills in the planning, design, and implementation phases of project development. Course content is supported by a published Design Manual. Instruction will be a mix of lectures, discussions, hands-on exercises at the desktop and in the field. Learning will culminate on Day 3 in construction of LTPBR structures on Pumpkin Creek.
- Day 1: Introduction to Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration and Underlying Science & Case Studies for Low-Tech - (local field trip; mostly class-room in Miles City) - 9 AM to 5 PM with evening social
- Day 2 - Planning Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration and Designing Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration (all class-room in Miles City) - 9 AM to 5 PM
- Day 3 - Implementing Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration on Pumpkin Creek (field all-day) - 8 AM to 3 PM
Registration is free, but is by invitation only. Between late May and early June, Alden Shalcross will send out invitations to BLM staff and partners and a registration sign up link. Contact Alden Shalcross for more information.
Slides, Videos & Handouts
Slides , Recorded Lectures and Exercises Module 2 - Science
Slides , Recorded Lectures and Exercises Module 3 - Planning
Slides , Recorded Lectures and Exercises Module 4 - Design
Slides , Recorded Lectures and Exercises Module 5 - Implementation
Slides , Recorded Lectures and Exercises
Mandatory Texts - A hard copy of both the manual and pocket-guide will make your participation in the virtual workshop webinars easier, but free digital versions are available below. If you do not have hard copies, please have a PDF open in the background. For the field workshop, participants will be provided a hard copy of the Pocket Guide:
For the workshop, we rely on the a Design Manual and the Pocket Guide, which free electronic versions are below. Print copies of manual are available for ~ $60 on Amazon or on BookBaby and waterproof versions of the pocket guide can be purchased here.
- Wheaton J.M., Bennett S.N., Bouwes, N., Maestas J.D. and Shahverdian S.M. (Editors). 2019. Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration of Riverscapes: Design Manual. Version 1.0. Utah State University Restoration Consortium. Logan, UT. 286 pp. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.19590.63049/2.
- Wheaton JM, Wheaton A, Maestas J, Bennett S, Bouwes N, Shahveridan S, Camp R, Jordan C, Macfarlane W, Portugal E, Weber N. 2019. Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration of Riverscapes: Pocket Field Guide. Utah State University Restoration Consortium. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.28222.13123/1.
Virtual Instruction Team (virtual resources)
The target audience for the virtual field workshop is Montana-Dakota BLM Field Staff and their conservation partners interested in improving the health of riverscapes BLM manages with low-tech PBR.
When it is taught as a field workshop.
The target audience for the field workshop series was primarily BLM staff, and key partners. BLM will select key representatives involved in LTPBR of riverscapes to participate. Anticipated participants include state/area/local specialists (biologists/engineers) and select field staff. The overall goal is to build a cadre of staff in each State to evaluate the technique and serve as local sources of expertise across the range. To keep the hands-on exercises effective, we limited invitation only enrolment to roughly 45 participants per workshop.