Mapping Vegetation & Salmon Habitat in Oregon

Mapping Current Conditions & Modeling the Dynamic Responses of Riparian Vegetation & Salmon Habitat in Oregon

The research integrated riparian zone mapping with dynamic models to project the response of riparian zones, stream channels and salmon habitat to natural disturbance and land-use activities. The overall objective was to produce a decision support tool for habitat restoration planning that incorporated advanced remote-sensing technology and information about disturbance-recovery processes with existing knowledge of critical habitat needs for salmonids. The project had two components: 1) remote sensing and riparian mapping, 2) riparian and aquatic modeling. This involved the application of remote sensing and mapping methods to two intensively monitored watersheds – Nehalem and Middle Fork John Day Rivers – and modeling them to examine current conditions relative to the historic range of variability, examining the potential of passive restoration to meet recovery goals and the potential of active restoration to accelerate recovery.