Amy Horstman

Amy Hortsman
Natural Resources Biologist - Passage and Habitat Assessment

1211 SE Cardinal Court Suite 100
Vancouver, WA 98683
United States

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About Amy Horstman

Amy has been the National Fish Passage Program Coordinator for Oregon since 2009. She works on aquatic ecosystem restoration with a variety of partners including private landowners, local municipalities, watershed councils, counties, industrial landowners, and federal agencies. These projects involve appropriate site collection, collecting data, developing restoration designs and, working with partners and the local community on goal setting and relationship building. Successful restoration is a blend of science and creativity. Every project is its own little complex puzzle, figuring the best options between the constraints and opportunities. Over the years, project design and permitting complexity have grown exponentially as have our internal processes for funding projects. In collaboration with many partners over the past several years Amy helped restore estuaries and wetlands, rivers and streams, and riparian riparian
Definition of riparian habitat or riparian areas.

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, prairie, dune, oak woodland, and sage brush steppe habitats. 

Program: Passage and Habitat Assessment

Current Projects:

1. Designing and implementing habitat restoration projects for USFWS National Fish Passage, Coastal, and Partners for Fish and Wildlife programs

2. Coordinating the National Fish Passage Restoration program in Oregon

Past Projects:

1. Represented USFWS on the Executive and Technical Teams of the Salmon SuperHwy Partnership 

2. Provided technical and permitting support and oversaw USFWS financial support for the 521 acre estuarine restoration "Southern Flow Corridor" in Tillamook, Oregon. In addition to being one of Oregon's largest estuarine restoration sites, this project also resulted in substantial flood reduction benefits to the local community, is providing outstanding habitat for salmon, and is functioning to sequester and store carbon with the potential to store the equivalent of 21,000 cars being driven for an entire year. 

3. Provided technical and permitting support and oversaw USFWS financial support for the nearly 70-acre Kilchis Estuary Restoration in Tillamook County, Oregon. See Project Fact sheet. 

4. Provided technical, permitting and funding support on hundreds of Fish Passage projects at road crossings and several small dam removals, such as the South Fork Necanicum project. 


Amy worked at the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office on endangered species recovery, including revising the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly recovery plan, and completing Oregon’s first Safe Harbor Agreement – which help re-establish a viable population of Oregon Chub. Amy has also worked on projects involving habitat restoration and natural area management, mapping natural areas, interpreting historic habitat and land cover data, species surveys, restoration planning for mine land reclamation sites, and gathering baseline data for documenting avian, plant, reptile, amphibian, and predator populations for hydropower relicensing.

At CRFWCO Since: 2009

Areas of expertise
Restoration design
Small dam removal
Fish passage
Streambed simulation techniques
Floodplain restoration
Estuary restoration
Wetland restoration
Sand prairie and dune systems
Restoration compliance and permitting
Partner coordination
Strategic planning

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