2024 Low-Tech Riverscape Restoration Workshop, Winnemucca, NV

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Winnemucca, NV Low-Tech Process Based Restoration Field Workshop

May 9-10, 2024

This workshop was hosted by Nevada Association of Conservation Districts, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Nevada Conservation Districts Program and taught by Anabranch Solutions. 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.

Workshop Description

Students learned ‘low-tech process-based restoration’ (LTPBR) as a practice of using simple, low unit-cost, structural additions (e.g.wood and beaver dams) in streams to mimic natural functions and initiate specific processes. ‘Letting the system do the work’ means that with a few low-cost amendments and low-tech treatments (e.g.hand-built, natural materials, non-engineered, short-term design lifespans) we allow the riparian area to recover naturally.


Day 1 - Thursday, May 9th: 8:00a - 5:00p


  • Introductions, logistics, learning objectives
  • Background and purpose (Chapter 1 - Design Manual)
  • Beavers, Restoration, Science
  • Low-tech tools (Chapter 1 & 4 - Design Manual): BDAs, PALs, rock dams
  • Guiding Principles (Chapter 2 - Design Manual)

Noon - Lunch and Parking Lot BDA Exercise


  • Permitting for Working in Streams in Nevada: Clean Water Act §404, Clean Water Act §401 Certification Process State Discharge Permitting
  • Planning - Assessment and Design (Chapter 3 & 5- Design Manual)
  • Adaptive Management

Day 2 - Friday, May 10th: 8:00a - 5:00p

Stop 1 -

Exploring beaver complex and activity

Stop 2 & 3

  • Valley bottom mapping, risk assessment, condition assessment (Chapter 3 - Design Manual)
  • Reading riverscapes (Chapter 3 - Design Manual)

Course Materials

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Workshop Textbooks

Mandatory Texts - Free digital versions are available below and hard copies of the Design Manual and the Pocket Guide will be provided to course participants.

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