As part of our ongoing commitment to environmental uplift, we are offering baseline surveying for riparian ecosystem health.
We are working with The Willamette Partnership’s Ecosystem Credit Accounting System tools, designed for a rapid assessment of stream and floodplain health. These tools were designed for use in calculating offsets for ecological impacts and in the emerging marketplace on ecosystem credits. However, they may also be used for rapid monitoring of watershed improvement projects or baseline surveys to target critical areas for improvement. For ecosystem credits, a landowner may choose to restore riparian habitat instead of farming marginal fields, and sell these credits in the ecosystem marketplace for profit. These tools are also being considered by the forest service as rapid assessment tools to measure management objectives on the forest. For more information, contact the Willamette Partnership.
The Floodplain Analysis tool is designed to measure habitat qualities, and can be used to offset impacts to endangered or threatened species, migratory birds, or other species of interest. It also makes a great quick tool for measuring the current habitat values of a landscape, and targeting particular management activities for restoration.
The Shade-o-lator is the approved tool for measuring temperature credits along a stream. These credits can be sold to municipalities and industry to offset water temperature impacts. Water temperature is, of course, a critical component of stream health since it effects dissolved oxygen (necessary for fish), bacteria turnover, and algal growth. The underlying model was developed by Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality.
The Salmon rapid assessment tool is specifically developed for the Pacific Northwest west of the Cascades. It was developed to characterize components important to endangered and threatened salmonids (such as Chinook and Steelhead). This tool measures critical components related to stream complexity, resting and thermal inputs.
These tools can be applied to a single piece of property or to multiple ownership lots.