Teton River Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout Restoration (ID) (#27120)

Recipient: Teton Regional Land Trust Foundation Federal Funding: $34,000 Foundation Non-Federal Funding: $1,000 Matching Funds: $44,500 Project Area/Location: Teton River, Idaho
Total Funding: $79,500

The Teton Regional Land Trust will restore 1,175 linear feet of streambank and riparian habitat along the Teton River on a property in Teton County, Idaho that is permanently protected by a conservation easement. Historic land use of the property has resulted in severely impacted riverbanks and riparian vegetation that has compromised fisheries habitat. Streambank and riparian habitat restoration along the project reach will: 1) increase protective riparian cover for native Yellowstone cutthroat trout, a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Idaho; 2) reduce sedimentation into the Teton River; 3) help maintain more optimal temperature conditions for fish; and 4) improve availability of terrestrial detritus, therefore increasing the availability of macro-invertebrate prey species. Bioengineering methods will be used to restore unstable riverbanks. Specific methods may include recontouring banks, creating in-set floodplains, planting willows, and revegetating with native wetland sod and grasses. Project partners include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Idaho Watershed Initiative, and the private landowner.