Fish Habitat Restoration – Off-Channel Techniques

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Format: Online and field training


Participate in a comprehensive review of Fish Habitat Restoration techniques and standard methods that focuses on off-channel habitats restoration. In this two-day classroom and field-based course, engage in classroom-based presentations, exercises, case-studies and field reviews of existing FHR projects to learn first hand how to plan, construct, monitor, evaluate and maintain a wide variety of restoration projects.


  • Identify the types of fish habitat restoration options and methods
  • Identify and apply stream hydrology and river engineering principles
  • Conduct a preliminary reconnaissance for a potential FHR project
  • Conduct a limiting factor analysis for target fish species and life stage
  • Identify key biological factors to consider and incorporate into FHR planning
  • Identify and contrast physical design considerations and project selection criteria for off-channel restoration techniques, and habitat offset and compensation/mitigation projects
  • Build strategic, long-term partnerships with stewardship groups, aboriginal groups, industry, government and the general public
  • Identify sources of funding
  • Identify key scheduling considerations for a Fish Habitat Restoration project
  • Assess the potential for a proposed groundwater-fed off-channel habitat project
  • Apply key technical criteria for construction of groundwater-fed off-channel habitat, river-fed channel, and fish-passage projects for coho, sockeye, chum salmon and other fish species
  • Identify and conduct key phases of a FHR project, including; river profiles, determining flood levels, channel profiling, test pits and groundwater monitoring procedures
  • Implement beaver management strategies to compliment FHR projects
  • Identify and contrast applicability and suitability for in-river projects (e.g., Newbury Riffle template) and off-channel habitat restoration

This Course Includes

  • Customizable option
  • Free, lifetime access


Participants are required to bring their own equipment:

  • Chest waders with non-slip footwear (felt, cleat or rubber soled wading shoes or wader boots). 
  • Waterproof field notebook
  • Field clothing
  • Classroom supplies (pen, paper, calculator)  

Note: Please come prepared for field trips and training sessions each day.

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