Welcome to River Menders, a web site dedicated to community-based native riparian habitat restoration work in Idaho. 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.
Volunteers comprise the workforce for all project work which utilizes soft techniques to successfully restore native riparian habitats. Private landowners partner with Idaho Department of Fish and Game and other state and local agencies to protect and restore riparian habitats on their land.
Explore River Menders to learn about soft restoration techniques and how you can join the community of volunteers who are working to restore native habitats along Idaho’s rivers and creeks. Check out the Interactive Virtual Tour to visit 360 degree interactive panoramas, photo galleries and videos. Visit Volunteer to find out about Volunteer Opportunities and see innovatove ideas in the Restoration Techniques area.
BEFORE: Fourmile Creek volunteers constructed a willow weaving on the raw bank, planted native trees to restore riparian habitat and built a fence to protect the creek. May 2009.
AFTER: Fourmile Creek September 2012. Trees and shrubs and the willow weaving are growing strong and developing into healthy riparian habitat, providing shade, catching sediment, armoring previously raw banks and improving water quality.