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Technical Assistance


Our team offers various types of technical assistance to local entities and landowners. We assist in developing landscape-level restoration objectives, specific restoration projects, and technical expertise in designing specific project components. Examples may include design for replacement or removal of stream crossings (such as culverts and tide gates), restoring stream channel morphology, and designs for riparian and wetland restoration. We work closely with Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge staff and often combine our expertise with theirs in providing technical assistance to the coastal community.


Technical Assistance means helping our partners with:

  • Project development and design (including technical and conceptual work)
  • Locating additional funding sources
  • Grant writing
  • Development of pre- and post-project monitoring plans and strategies
  • Conduct site visits with project partners
  • Meet with landowners
  • Complying with federal regulatory requirements on Service-funded projects
  • Coordination of multiple project efforts across the landscape
Restoration Team providing technical assitance to a landowner, click photo for larger image
Photo Credit: AFWO Restoration Program

Examples of Technical Assistance:

The McDaniel Slough Wetland Enhancement Project Habitat Restoration Program staff provided needed technical assistance focused on hydrology, engineering, and fish habitat improvements for a 240-acre tidal wetland restoration project located in north Humboldt Bay, on lands owned and managed by the City of Arcata and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Staff from the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge provided expertise with the salt and brackish marsh wetland restoration components of the project. The project area was former tideland before it was diked and drained in the early twentieth century, and most of the salt and brackish marsh habitats were converted to other uses. Four tide gates were removed at the mouth of McDaniel Slough, providing a greater tidal prism and improved passage for federally listed anadromous salmonids and other aquatic species, and restoring salt and brackish marshes.

Technical Advisory Teams Program staff participate on technical advisory teams, providing their expert knowledge on large-scale projects and/or initiatives, focusing on topics such as non-natal habitat for salmonids, oak woodlands, and living shorelines

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Last updated: April 16, 2015