The Asotin County Conservation District (ACCD) is pioneering a Forestland Stewardship Program to source local, high-quality woody materials for in-stream fish habitat enhancement projects. Precommercial thinning and pruning practices will be applied to reduce fuel-loading and increase fire-resiliency in the upland forests which stand at the headwaters of our watersheds. ACCD will then use the harvested woody materials to construct in-stream habitat enhancement structures in project areas around Asotin County.
In-Stream Habitat Enhancement Projects:
PALS (Post-assisted log structures) and BDA's (beaver dam analogues) habitat enhancements are low-cost, hand-built structures which mimic a stream's natural process of wood accumulation (much like a beaver dam) which improves fish habitat. We will be installing PALS in several project areas within Asotin County in the Summer of 2020, 2021 and 2022. Future habitat enhancement projects are in the works, meaning we will need large amounts of woody materials in the future!
Forestland Stewardship Program Requirements:
If you are interested in viewing any of the PALS, please contact the District our check out our new video that highlights PALS that were installed in 2020 above.