Riparian Challenge Award

The purpose of the Riparian Challenge Award is to:

  • Encourage the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and other conservation agencies or private industry to strive for excellence in riparian and watershed habitat management,
  • Encourage agencies to progress in on‑the‑ground accomplishments which when added together throughout the West, will significantly improve riparian systems,
  • Recognize managers and resource specialists for their efforts in maintaining, restoring, and improving riparian and watershed ecosystems.


Past Award Winners

BLM: Klamath Falls Resource Area for Wood River Wetland Restoration – Klamath Falls
Forest Service: Cascade Ranger District, Boise National Forest for the SF Salmon River Watershed Improvement
Other: BioEngineering Associates, Inc. in partnership with Odd Fellows Recreation Club for the Lower Russian River Riparian Restoration
Forest Service: Pike and San Isabel National Forests, the Cimarron Comanche National Grasslands, and the South Platte and Pikes Peak Ranger Districts for the Hayman Restoration Project
Other: Westervelt Ecological Services for the Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank project
BLM: Coos Bay District – 2010 Partnership Watershed Restoration Projects
San Luis Resource Area – Kerber Creek Restoration Project
Forest Service: Sisters Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest – Whychus Creek Restoration at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve
Other: Seattle Public Utilities – Lower Tolt River Floodplain Reconnection Project
BLM: Wolf Creek Watershed Restoration and Monitoring Project, Roseburg District, Swiftwater Resource Area
Forest Service: New Mexico: Respect the Rio, Jemez & Cuba Ranger Districts, Santa Fe National Forest
Other: Native Fish Restoration Project for the Temescal Creek Watershed, Riverside-Corona RCD
BLM: North Coquille River Restoration Project, Coos Bay District
Forest Service: West Fork Clear Creek Streambank Restoration Project, Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grasslands
BLM: Holister Field Office, Santa Cruz IWRP for Santa Cruz County
Forest Service: Eustache Creek Project, Lolo National Forest, Nine Mile Ranger District
Other: Williamson River Delta Restoration Project, The Nature Conservancy;
The Big Hole Partnership – Watershed Restoration for Arctic Grayling on Private Land, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
BLM: Tillamook Resource Area Riparian Restoration Effort, Salem District Field Office
Forest Service: Down Doggy Project, Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District
Other: End Creek Project, Grande Ronde Model Watershed
BLM: Lower Clear Creek watershed project, Redding Field Office
Forest Service: McKenzie watershed project, McKenzie River Restoration Partnership for the
Other: Cienega Watershed project, PIMA County Board
BLM: Delaware River project, Carlsbad Field Office
Forest Service: Karnowsky Creek Riparian Restoration project, Mapleton Ranger District of the Siuslaw National Forest
Other: Entiat Water Resource Inventory Area Plan
BLM: Carson Field Office
Forest Service: Mt. Adams Ranger District
Other: Restore McComas Meadows/Meadow Creek Watershed Project, Nez Perce Tribe
Forest Service:
BLM: Swiftwater and South River Field Offices, Roseburg District
Forest Service: Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District