Planning for Low-Tech PBR

Planning for Low-Tech PBR of Riverscapes


We returned to the basic planning steps from the typical restoration process we introduced last semester. Here we use the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Conservation Planning Process (NRCS, 2007), as an example of the restoration planning process and then elaborate on what aspects of that process are distinctive for low-tech restoration.



This introduction corresponds to Chapter 3 from the Low-Tech PBR Design Manual:

  • Wheaton JM, Bennett SN, Bouwes N, Maestas J, and Shahverdian S (Editors). 2019. Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration of Riverscapes: Design Manual. Version 1.0. Utah State University Wheaton Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab. Logan, UT.

Some Examples of Low-Tech Planning Reports

These are good templates to follow for your homework on preparing a planning report:

Report Citation Description Location
Shahverdian, S.M., Bennett, S. and Wheaton, J., 2018. Baugh Creek Post-Fire Emergency Restoration – Prioritizing and Planning Post-Fire Restoration in the Baugh Creek Watershed. Prepared for Rebecca Patton by Anabranch Solutions, LLC, Newton, UT. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.17537.71528. A rapid assessment of current conditions and recovery potential following the 65,000 acre Sharp’s fire to plan for emergency low-tech post-fire restoration. Baugh Creek, Idaho (Project-Scale)
Shahverdian, S., Portugal, E., Camp Reid, J., Macfalrane, W.W., Sorenson, K. and Wheaton, J.M., 2017. Grouse Creek Watershed Restoration Plan: Using Beaver Dam Analogues to Initiate Process-Based Stream Recovery. Prepared for Utah Division of Wildlife Resources by Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab, Utah State University, Logan, UT. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.29281.76641. The watershed scoping and planning associated with a low-tech PBR demonstration project with Utah Watershed Restoration Initaitive and Utah Division of Wildlife Grouse Creek, Utah (Network-Scale)
Portugal E, Wheaton JM and Bouwes N. 2015.Technical Report: Pine Creek Watershed Scoping Plan for Restoration: Using Beaver Dam Analogs and High-Density LWD to Initiate Process-Based Stream Recovery. Prepared for the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs. Logan UT, 52 pp. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1607.9527 An example of a Watershed Scoping plan to look at feasability of using BDAs in a small watershed. Pine Creek, Oregon (Network-Scale)

See Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration Planning Resources for more examples.

Conservation Planning Resources