Riparian Challenge

The Riparian Challenge was established as an annual event to encourage continued on-the-ground accomplishments in riparian habitat management in the region encompassed by the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society. Entries must document riparian habitat management efforts where resource values will be or have been improved within a watershed. Examples of these resource values include, but are not limited to:

• Streambank stability • Recreation/aesthetic qualities • Forage production • Terrestrial wildlife habitat
• Aquatic/fish habitat • Subsurface water supplies • Stream flows • Vegetative diversity and recovery
• Water quality • Education

The Riparian Committee solicited entries from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and other conservation organizations and private industry involved in riparian and watershed habitat management. In 2014, the Committee received 15 applications for projects completed by U.S. Forest Service Ranger Districts, U.S. Bureau of Land Management field offices and other conservation organizations. The four USFS projects included submittals from ranger districts in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado. BLM projects included submittals from field offices in California, Oregon, and Colorado. Entries in our other conservation organization category included projects from Idaho, Oregon, Alaska, and California.

The five committee members who participated in reviewing and scoring the project entries included Amy Sacry, Arn Berglund, Corey Lyman, Peter Gruendike, and Troy Brandt. Ms. Sexauer will present the Riparian Challenge Award to recipients during the Western Division business luncheon to be held on April 8, 2014 at the Western Division AFS meeting in Mazatlan, Mexico. The Riparian Committee selected the following projects for the 2014 Riparian Challenge Award.

Other Category Projects – BioEngineering Associates, Inc. in partnership with Odd Fellows Recreation Club for the Lower Russian River Riparian Restoration Project
USFS Projects – Cascade Ranger District, Boise National Forest for the SF Salmon River Watershed Improvement Project
BLM Projects – Klamath Falls Resource Area for the Wood River Wetland Restoration Project – Klamath Falls

The Riparian Committee commented on the diverse projects the Committee received in 2014. We commend entrants for completing high quality projects that involve interdisciplinary teams striving to conserve, enhance, and restore riparian resources. Thank you to all who participated and we look forward to seeing more projects in 2015!

Updated information on hotel reservations for the 2014 meeting

The reserved room block for the Western Division AFS at El Cid is now full.  However, if you still need a room, there are still some rooms available at the pricing below at the Granada Hotel.

To make your reservation please call Jesus Gaxiola at +52 (669) 989-69-69 ext: 3222 or email jgaxiola [at], and use the group code “Western Division American Fisheries Society“.  If you have any issues making your reservation, please contact Western Division President, Pam Sponholtz at longfin [at]

If you are trying to find a roommate for the meeting, the Western Division has made a message board available at:

El Cid Granada Hotel:
Standard Room (Single) $112.00 USD
Standard Room (Double) $80.00 USD
Standard Room (Triple) $68.00 USD
Standard Room (Quadruple) $68.00 USD

2014 WD Meeting Seeking Raffle/Silent Auction Items

The Raffle Committee for the 2014 Annual Meeting is currently seeking items for the raffle and silent auction. Proceeds from the raffle will aid the growth of the Mexico Chapter and assist the Western Division with travel assistance, student and professional grants, and future AFS meetings.

Please contact committee chair Mark Smith (mark.smith2 [at] with any questions and to coordinate donations, or visit: for more information.

Updates to the 2014 Annual Meeting Website

A number of pages have been updated on the 2014 Western Division Annual Meeting website:

Be sure to check it out for an updated schedule of events, details on how to reserve a hotel room, the first call for papers and posters, and details on how to sponsor the meeting.  Details on meeting registration will be posted soon so be sure to check back often.


2014 WD Meeting Seeking Sponsors and Trade Show Vendors

The Sponsorship Committee for the 2014 Western Division Meeting in Mazatlán, Mexico is currently seeking sponsors and trade show vendors for this international meeting held April 7 – 11, 2014.    Please consider how your organization can contribute and go to the Sponsors & Trade Show page for more information.