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OWEB and the Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) worked cooperatively to monitor livestock exclusion projects in both states as part of the agencies' effectiveness monitoring program for watershed and salmon habitat restoration projects. Livestock exclusion, which includes building and maintaining fences along riparian areas, has been identified as an important action for restoring fragile riparian areas. This coordinated approach represents a successful effort to collect comparable data across jurisdictional boundaries, thus increasing efficiencies in monitoring and strengthening the statistical power of the monitoring study.
Please see the Documents section for reports on this monitoring effort.
This project employs a Before-After-Control-Impact (BACI) design, which means that data is collected both Before and After an Impact (fence-building, in this case). The Control is established in areas not expected to change during the project. This specialized design helps to isolate changes caused by an Impact by comparing the After conditions of the impacted reach against both the Before conditions and the Control. This project is collecting data addressing livestock presence in the exclusion, bank erosion, and riparian vegetation structure at each project site. Monitoring takes place 1, 3, 5, and 10 years after fence installation.
OWEB and SRFB partnered to hire a contractor to monitor the effectiveness of twelve livestock exclusion projects. The final reports for baseline sampling (Year 0) and Year 1, Year 3, Year 5, and Year 11 are posted in the Documents section of this page.
Please direct questions or comments to
Ken Fetcho, Effectiveness Monitoring Coordinator, 971-345-7018.
APR = Annual Progress Report
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