An oxbow restoration on a Sycan River ranch is a straightforward project—dig through a levee to let flood water return to a drought-stricken pasture. However, for the partners involved, this work provides a great example of how diverse partners can work collaboratively towards solutions in the Klamath Basin.
The Family Farm Alliance works closely with the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV), a leader in utilizing science and technology advancements to link agriculture, hydrology, and wildlife habitat conservation. The IWJV’s Water 4 Initiative is focused on the importance of maintaining agricultural land for habitat conservation and landscape resiliency within western states.
The IWJV worked with Oregon rancher Becky Hyde and the Klamath Falls office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife to produce a StoryMap documenting an oxbow restoration project on the Hyde’s Yainix Ranch on the Sycan River.
“This project was an amazing example of some simple work that can make a huge difference for both producers and wetland habitat in the Klamath Basin,” said Emily Downing, with IWJV’s “Water 4” program.
Ducks Unlimited and the Klamath Tribes (the Yainix Ranch is under a tribally held conservation easement, which was the first one in the nation) were also involved in this project.
Read the story from the Intermountain West Joint Venture.