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.”

I work with agencies and non-profits to restore degraded streams.
Working together allows us to share ideas, costs, and time. It also allows us to address remaining unknowns about this new approach:

  • Can threatened Bull Trout pass beaver dams?
  • Does restoration help improve drought resilience of streams?
  • How do complex species assemblages respond to restoration?
  • Can beaver mimicry improve the success of riparian plantings?

Ongoing projects near Glasgow (A), Miles City (B), Buffalo (C), and Rawlins (D)


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, Braxton Newkirk, Mike Mischke, Jake Stout, Christina Stuart, Tom Probert, Alden Shallcross, Gordon Edwards, Travis Cundy, Marshall Wolf , Andrea Price, Leo Rosenthal
Project Funders: U.S. Geological Survey, Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative