Awarded to the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners to restore riparian habitat that is critical for spawning Kokanee and the rare Lewis’s woodpecker, as well as other aquatic and riparian dependant species.
PROPONENT: Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners
DESCRIPTION: In the summer of 2010, the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners (CWSP) used school kids and teenagers to plant 1,200 cottonwood seedlings (and other deciduous species) along the reach of the Columbia River that flows through the Riverside Golf Course, working with the staff at the golf course and the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Support was received from the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund and the Royal Bank Blue Water Fund.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this project was to restore riparian habitat along a reach of the Columbia River that is critical for spawning kokanee and Lewis’s woodpecker, along with a range of other aquatic and riparian species. The project aimed to: 1) Provide habitat in the long term for Lewis’s woodpecker; 2) Provide high-quality songbird habitat; 3) Provide bird boxes or artificial snags for woodpeckers and songbirds; 4) Provide riparian conditions that shade the river course; and, 5) Improve connectivity for riparian species.