Typical projects in the Snake and Salt
River Drainage include restoration of riparian habitats and associated oxbow wetlands.
Riparian restoration is accomplished
through grazing management along the stream corridors. The timing and intensity of grazing
is controlled by fencing the riparian zone to maximize woody and wet meadow plant
communities. The incentive for landowners is the offsite water developments provided in
the uplands to draw livestock out of the river bottoms and more efficently utiliize the
adjacent grass uplands.
Oxbow wetland restorations take on many
forms from simple ditch plugs or earthen dikes to impound water to diverting irrigation
return flow water into relic wetlands.
The combination of oxbow wetland and
riparian restoration not only benefit neotropical migrant birds in the area, but resident
big game species such as elk, deer, and moose as well.