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2020 NRCS WLFW Low-tech Riverscape Restoration Workshop
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8/11/2020 to 8/14/2020
When: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Where: United States

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Virtual Workshop Description

This virtual workshop will introduce conservationists to ‘low-tech’ process-based approaches for restoring streams and their associated riparian areas (riverscapes) to benefit fish, wildlife, and working lands. Participants will learn principles guiding low-tech process-based restoration and become familiar with simple, hand-built tools, including Beaver Dam Analogues (BDAs) and Post-Assisted Log Structures (PALS), intended to mimic and promote specific ecosystem processes. Participants will gain basic skills in the planning, design, and implementation phases of project development. Course content is supported by a published Design Manual.

Overview - Pick and Choose

To make participating remotely and/or from home more manageable, we have spread our curriculum out over four days with lots of time for breaks and self-paced exercises. There is no substitute for the field experience, but we will try our best to simulate some of that virtually. Everyone should take Module 1, but after that you can take all the modules, or just the ones relevant to you. All workshop materials, exercises and presentations will be available online for a self-paced delivery by module at any time, but the virtual workshop gathering will provide pacing, panel discussions and engagement with other professionals and participants.


  • Module 1: Introduction to Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration - Day 1 - August 11 (3/4-day)
  • Module 2: Underlying Science & Case Studies for Low-Tech - Day 2 - August 12 (half-day morning)
  • Module 3: Planning Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration - Day 2 - August 12 (half-day afternoon)
  • Module 4: Designing Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration - Day 3 - August 13 (3/4 day)
  • Module 5: Implementing Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration - Day 4 - August 14 (half-day morning)

For a more detailed draft agenda, to help you plan which modules you might want to participate in, see here.