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Welcome to River Menders, a web site dedicated to community-based native riparian habitat restoration work in Idaho. You will find many exciting stream enhancement projects to view on this site.

Explore the pages to learn about restoration projects and how you can join the community of volunteers who are working to enhance riparian habitats along Idaho's rivers and creeks. Check out the Interactive Virtual Tour to visit 360 degree interactive panoramas, photo galleries and videos. Visit the Volunteer section to find out how to contact us and to view volunteer opportunities. Check out some of our innovative ideas in the Restoration Techniques area.

Volunteers comprise the workforce for all project work which utilizes numerous techniques to successfully restore riparian habitats. Private landowners partner with Idaho Department of Fish and Game and other state and local agencies to protect and restore riparian areas on their land.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) initiated River Menders in 2006, funded by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center grant. An Idaho Department of Environmental Quality 319 Non-point Management Program grant is currently providing funding for River Menders to maintain and keep the website updated.

Jude Ruppell planting on Boulder Creek, 2015.Jude Ruppell planting on Boulder Creek, 2015.

BEFORE: Fourmile Creek volunteers constructed a willow weaving on a raw bank, planted native trees and built a fence to protect the creek. May 2009.

AFTER: Fourmile Creek September 2012. Trees and the willow weaving are growing strong and developing into healthy riparian habitat that is providing shade, catching sediment, armoring raw banks and improving water quality. September 2012.

Restoration is Habitat Forming!

Check out the Volunteer page to learn more about restoration opportunities available in your area!

Jerry Privateski planting on the Little Salmon River, 2015.

Lewis Pustejovsky planting on the Little Salmon River, 2014. Planting trees and shrubs to restore riparian habitat is fun - just ask these volunteers!

See some of our projects!

Boulder Creek Mason sites utilized willow weaving, water jet stingers and pod planting for restoration.

Boulder Creek Willy sites utilized willow weaving, water jet stingers and pod planting for restoration. See more here...

Fourmile Creek, gets some needed bank stabilization with willow weaving.

Fourmile Creek, gets some needed bank stabilization with willow weaving. See more here...

The Little Salmon River gets some help from volunteers "pod planting".

The Little Salmon River gets some help from volunteers "pod planting". See more here...

Boulder Creek Willy is getting some help from volunteers.

Round Valley Creek is getting some help from volunteers. See more here...