Riverscape Restoration Network

Connecting Restoration Practitioners in the West

The Riverscape Restoration Network (RRN) is a network established in 2020 to bring together agencies, non-profits, academics, funders, and restoration professionals interested in sharing information about process-based stream restoration (PBR) work happening across the western states to improve resilience to drought and wildfire among many other benefits. We began with about 40 members and have grown to over 200 from members referring their colleagues as they have found the presentations and networking very helpful. Here is the RRN member list that we share as a networking tool.  

The RRN meets quarterly via Zoom to share information and lessons learned on PBR projects and research. The meetings are focused on presentations that address challenges to implementing projects, educate on new research, and provide communications tactics. Previous topics on RRN have focused on permitting, water rights, federal funding, monitoring, best practices for beaver recolonization and addressing coexistence issues, and communicating about project purpose/goals/outcomes, among other topics. 

The RRN works to further communicate and share the emerging science and practice of PBR across the Western United States. American Rivers recently released a State of the Science on Restoring Western Headwater Mountain Streams, which reviews both published and unpublished research, case studies and project information on the effects of restoring incised and degraded headwater streams in Colorado and other western states with low-tech PBR. You can find the full report and the Overview on the American Rivers’ website. 

For more information about RRN, or to join the network please email Fay Hartman (fhartman@americanrivers.org) or Jackie Corday (jackiecorday@gmail.com).

The benefits of a healthy meadow and riverscape
The problems created by unhealthy meadows and riverscapes

Past Webinars

January 2024: How Fish and Beaver Evolved/Coexisted Together in Streams Across North America

October 2023: River and Wet Meadow Restoration on Tribal Lands

June 2023: Case studies of different approaches to reconnect floodplains 

February 2023: Assessing the Wood Regime for Watershed-Scale Planning; Multiple benefits of Rock Detention Structures

November 2022: Best Practices for Locating and Designing LTPBR Projects for successful Beaver Recolonization; Beaver Coexistence Measures

February 2022: Major New Funding Opportunities for Watershed Restoration – IIJA

December 2021: Tips on 404 Permits for Stream Restoration Projects

September 2021: Overview of Water Rights Challenges and Solutions for Stream Restoration Projects

November 2020: Post-project Monitoring Options at Reach to Valley Scales