At Ridge to River we take a comprehensive approach to habitat restoration. The image gallery below will take you on a tour of our process.

Site Assessment

highway crossing

We start with careful observation. Our initial study collects baseline data on existing and historic conditions. This data also helps us monitor the site over time. We  map and analyze the watershed within which we are working to have a comprehensive understanding of influencing factors, land use practices, and the regional setting.

historical datasoil texturewatershed map

Bioengineering and Erosion Control

quarry stormwater design

Our designs are robust and blend with nature. We use local materials of willow, woody debris, and rock to construct bioengineered structures that both create habitat and prevent erosion. After a few years, our habitat restoration projects blend with nature, appearing to be a healthy ecosystem, undistinguishable from the native environment.

Before

After

confluence floodplain restorationpost vegetation bioengineering
culvert fish barrierfish-friendly culvert replacement

Revegetation

botanical restoration

Cultivation of a successful native plant community is one of the most challenging aspects of habitat restoration. To become established, plants require the right conditions, protection, and resources. Irrigation is especially challenging on many sites.  Ridge to River has established a  variety of species in diverse habitats, including riparian corridors, coastal bluffs, and upland meadows and forests.

coastal bluff restoration   Dasies   Buckeye

Monitoring and Adaptive Management

salmonid spawning gravelPost-project monitoring and adaptation is how we ensure that our projects succeed in the long term, and  also how we learn.

Velocity and flo   turbidity ntu salmon   adaptive management

Ridge To River | 586 South Harrison Street Fort Bragg CA 95437 | 707.357.0857 | email

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