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.


The application period for the 2016 WDAFS Riparian Challenge Award is open now until December 15.

Winners will be announced at the 2016 WDAFS meeting in Reno, NV, March 21-24. Winners will receive $500 travel reimbursement from WDAFS to attend the meeting, and will be awarded a plaque of acknowledgement at the Business Luncheon.

Click here to download the application form and instructions. Please contact Tracy Wendt (tracywendt [at] for more information.

Past Award Winners

BLM:Roseburg District BLM Office – Brush Creek Watershed Restoration
Forest Service:Okanogan Wenatchee Ranger District – Methow Beaver Project
Other:Coeur d’Alene Tribe – Hnmulshench (West Fork Lake Creek) Restoration Project
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