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Partnership for Climate- Smart Restoration Planning in Reno

  • By Michael Rogner, Associate Restoration Biologist

With funding from the Bureau of Reclamation’s Desert Terminal Lakes Program, River Partners has been evaluating restoration potential on 500 acres of the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, located an hour east of Reno, NV.

When implemented (Phase II funding has not yet been secured), the project will include riparian and upland plant communities, and improvements for native fish. River Partners and the US Fish and Wildlife Service have partnered with FISHBIO, MBK Engineers, and the US Geological Survey on the habitat design.

We are also partnering with the John Muir Institute (UC Davis) and the Desert Research Institute to incorporate downscaled climate models and projections as part of our Climate Smart Restoration planning. The goal is to use the best available science to ensure that restoration projects are more resilient to the potential impacts of future climate change.

This phase, which includes planning and permitting, wraps up in May 2016.