Process-based Restoration

An emerging approach to stream restoration is to use structures such as woody debris jams, riparian vegetation, or beaver dams to kickstart the processes that allow a stream heal itself over time. This is “process-based restoration.”

We Can Restore Streams At Large Scales

Build with the Bitter Root Water Forum

I work with agencies and non-profits to restore degraded streams.

Working together allows us to share ideas, costs, and time.

More coming soon…

Researching Unknowns

While process-based restoration has been effective in many places, it is relatively new and requires further study:

Can threatened Bull Trout pass beaver dams?

Does restoration help improve drought resilience of streams?

How do complex species assemblages respond to restoration?


Publications & Reports

Wolf, J.M., N.G. Clancy, and L.R. Rosenthal. In review. Bull Trout passage at beaver dams in Bitterroot and Flathead River tributaries, Montana.

Project Partners
  • Annika Walters and Braxton Newkirk (University of Wyoming)
  • Mike Mischke and Jake Stout (BLM Rawlins Field Office)
  • Christina Stuart, Tom Probert & Alden Shallcross (BLM Montana/Dakotas)
  • Gordon Edwards and Travis Cundy (Wyoming Game & Fish Dept)
  • Marshall Wolf (Utah State University)
  • Andrea Price (Bitter Root Water Forum)
  • Leo Rosenthal (Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks)
Project Funders