Steptoe Creek


Steptoe Creek

Snake River

Aug. 29, 2023



Project Goals and Objectives

Project Goals and Objectives The goals are to increase in stream complexity, promote wood accumulation, and wood recruitment, which may lead to floodplain connection, increased riparian condition and extent, and ultimately increased juvenile steelhead production.

Structure Construction Elements

This project is ongoing working with local landowners, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the Snake River Salmon Recovery Board to improve steelhead habitat over several miles of Steptoe Creek. The project is led by Brad Johnson of the Palouse Conservation District. In 2023, 100 LTPBR structures were built as another phase of restoration. Most structures are bank-attached post-assisted log structures (PALS) used to promote hydraulic and geomorphic diversity. The project also uses posts and wood to stabilize some eroding banks to protect landowners fields. All the structures were constructed using donated wood from the USFS consisting of small trees (3-8" diameter, 6-15' long) harvested from seed tree plots.

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