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Snake/Salt River Drainage


wetland restoration along the Snake River photo

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.  


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