Written Syntheses

Examples of written syntheses (Go to Links/Reports tab to view reports)

Climate Adaptation 
Prepared a climate adaptation plan for the Kletsel Dehe Band of Wintun Indians of the Cortina Indian Rancheria, Williams, CA.  Used field surveys, interviews, environmental data, and the CalAdapt modeling site to forecast future climate for the tribe’s land.  Main risks to the tribe were increasing fire risk and effects on culturally important forest types, increasing extreme heat event, and water availability and storage.  Recommendations included developing fire fighting networks, a two-road ingress/egress, and planning future buildings to adapt to heat events.  

Fish and Wetlands 
Summarized the current and historical conditions for fish and aquatic habitat for the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council watershed assessment.  Focus was on whether the lower portions of the river provided historical habitat for listed Upper Willamette spring Chinook and the role of the dams in habitat modification. Reduced flood flows and bank hardening were linked to simplification of aquatic habitat.

Flood Effects
Surveyed 11 streams before and after the 1996 flood to assess the effects on fish habitat and channel conditions in the Breitenbush Drainage of the Willamette National Forest in the Cascade Range of Oregon. Prepared a 94-page document for the Willamette National Forest that showed dramatic geomorphic change and surprisingly fast fish and aquatic recovery.

Watershed Assessments

These are a comprehensive review of a watershed using field visits, interviews, reviews of data, combined with our expertise in watershed function.  We provide a narrative of the history and current conditions and a prioritization of watershed restoration options.

Rickreall Creek–a small, west-side tributary to the Willamette River, Oregon prepared for the Rickreall Watershed Council. Issues were presence or absence of native steelhead, low-flow water withdrawals from Rickreall Creek, 303(d) water quality impairments, plans for enlargement of the municipal reservoir, agricultural and forested land use, and projected human population growth.   The product was a 160-page report with GIS analyses and presentation to the public.

Marys River–a medium-size, west-side tributary to the Willamette River, Oregon prepared for the Marys River Watershed Council.  Issues were fish distributions and whether or not salmon used the Marys River historically, water quality impairments, land use, and future growth.  A 150-page report with GIS analyses made recommendation for stream and channel restoration. (See Links tab for a PDF download).

Quartz Creek–a small tributary to the McKenzie River in the Cascade Range in Oregon prepared for the Willamette National Forest.  Issues included aquatic and terrestrial functioning, geomorphic (roads and landslides), and social (recreation).  This analysis was a federal version that used the protocols from the Aquatic Conservation Strategy of the Northwest Forest Plan for the Willamette National Forest, 1998. The analysis was written up in a 126-page report. The analysis included an evaluation of geomorphic, aquatic, terrestrial, and social issues, the creation of a new vegetation layer to the GIS based on aerial photos, and results of computer simulations.

Mercer/Berry a coastal tributary prepared for the Siuslaw National Forest.  PA A federal version of analysis with issues including fish habitat based on field visits and prior surveys, landsliding, habitat for sensitive wildlife and plant species. We created a new vegetation layer to the GIS based on aerial photos.  A 133-page report and presentations recommended management opportunities to implement the Northwest Forest Plan.