Virtual Pre-Symposium Short Courses


Join us on virtually the week of January 31st to learn technical and communication skills essential to restoration practitioners.

Join us virtually the week of January 31st to learn technical and communication skills essential to restoration practitioners. Additional short courses and registration information is coming soon!

1. Speaking of Science - Stepping Out of the Stereotype - Wednesday February 2nd, 1pm to 5pm

Instructor: Janine Castro, Project Leader, US Fish and Wildlife Service
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Scientists and engineers should not be condemned to dry, monotonous, and uninspired presentations, because science is not boring, and restoration should never be boring. Be daring and step out of the stereotype! Do you want to improve your public speaking skills? Join me to learn a few simple techniques to dramatically improve your delivery. You will leave the workshop armed with useful skills to develop and deliver inspired presentations. Whether you are a seasoned speaker or a relative novice, this course is for you.

Course Objectives: If you would like to improve your public speaking skills, please join me for a half-day session on making your presentation interesting and effective, while also reducing your stress and actually enjoying the experience. Participants will leave the workshop with a greater skill set, including a comprehensive checklist, to develop and deliver presentations. Participants will also have the option to practice a presentation in class. The workshop is highly interactive and builds on the collective experience of the audience and the instructor.

Material to be covered:
Planning, research, design, structuring your presentation, practicing, preparing, delivering (voice, tone), body language, props and evaluating... and more.

Target Audience and Recommended Prerequisites:
Everyone…especially if you will be speaking at RRNW

Suggested Reading:

2. Beyond The Line: Understanding Streams as Corridors - Thursday February 3rd, 1pm-5pm

Instructors: Katie Jagt
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Streams are not lines, they are corridors! Stream corridors are naturally dynamic environments that inter-weave physical, biological, and chemical processes – while supporting a host of societal benefits. When streams are treated as static lines on the landscape, stream health declines and risk to human-made infrastructure increases. In response to these observed changes, providing streams the space they need to accommodate and facilitate natural processes and functions is becoming a central tenet in land, water, and floodplain management practices. But how do we define the stream corridor and effectively communicate the importance of protecting and restoring the processes that define them? What tools are commonly used to protect and restore stream corridors and how well do they really accomplish this? How do we strategically focus watershed and community-level planning to protect stream corridor functions given limited funding and time?

Material to be covered:
What are stream corridors, the various ways of defining them, the elements of what it takes to recognize and change management practices in them, and how you can start to make change in your local stream corridors.

Target Audience and Recommended Prerequisites: Anyone interested in stream corridors and functional floodplains—ecological, regulatory, and geomorphic.

3. The Big Picture: a quick-start lesson on using free, publicly available remote sensing tools to monitor riparian changes over space and time - February 1st - Full Day Course

Instructors: Dr. Emily Fairfax
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Satellites beam down enormous volumes of geospatial environmental data every single day, and they've been doing it for decades. These data are an incredible resource, but it can be challenging to figure out how to get started using it. This workshop will guide participants through the process of finding and analyzing several types of publicly available remote sensing data, and then explore how that data can be used to monitor ecohydrologic changes in riparian corridors over space and time. After learning the basics of riparian remote sensing, we will practice using publicly available remote sensing tools in a case study of how beaver activity affected the climate resilience of riparian zones in several western US locations. At the end of the workshop, participants will have a foundation of knowledge and skills that support using remote sensing in their own projects and analyses.


3. Integrating Lamprey into Restoration - 9:00-5:00pm

Instructors: Dr. Emily Fairfax
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“Integrating Lamprey into Restoration” will raise awareness of native lamprey species, and assist participants in learning how to incorporate lamprey needs and conservation into restoration projects and in-water work activities. This course will provide participants with knowledge of the ecology, habitat needs, cultural significance, and conservation of lamprey species in the Pacific Northwest, and teach them techniques to better survey, salvage and identify lamprey species. Participants will receive handouts and resources to assist with lamprey identification and available conservation resources.
Course Objectives:Understanding current and future flow and fisheries relationships is at the heart of applied and basic fisheries science and management. Advances in science and technology, such as numerical modeling and field based evaluations of fish community and flow structure, make this topic important.

Course objectives:
(1) Raise awareness of the ecology, cultural importance and conservation of lampreys.
(2) Provide design considerations for lamprey in habitat restoration.
(3) Provide information on habitat use, lamprey sampling, identification, and salvage techniques.
(4) Incorporate the information from goals 1 – 3 into planning for habitat restoration and in-water work salvage.
(5) Learn about ongoing efforts and available resources to aid in lamprey conservation.

Material to be covered:
This course will broaden participants’ understanding of an important, but typically overlooked group of native fishes, and how to conserve them. The life history and habitat needs of lampreys will be described, along with their important roles in stream ecology. Current distribution, status, and conservation needs will be discussed, as well as guidelines for best management practices, aquatic restoration, sampling techniques, and permit requirements.

Target Audience and Recommended Prerequisites: Funders, engineers, designers, and restoration practitioners who would like to incorporate lamprey into their restoration projects.

Pre-Course Required Viewing and Reading for Class Discussion:
• WATCH THIS VIDEO!: The Lost Fish (film):
• Conservation challenges and research needs for Pacific lamprey in the Columbia River Basin (Clemens et al. 2017).
• A Call for Standard Terminology for Lamprey Life Stages (Clemens 2019)
• Pacific Lamprey Habitat Restoration Guide (Crandall and Wittenbach 2015):
• Best Management Practices to Minimize Adverse Effects to Pacific Lamprey (U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service 2010).

4. Science-Based Assessment Improves Stream Compensatory Mitigation Practice: Stream Function Assessment Method - 9:00-5:00pm

Instructors: Dana Hicks, Oregon Dept. of State Lands & Tracie Nadeau, U.S. EPA Region 10
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Stream compensation has been on the rise nationally, as demonstrated by the increase in mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs that provide credits to offset impacts to streams and rivers. Very exciting! To better tie decision-making to functional improvement, as per the federal 2008 Final Compensatory Mitigation Rule (USACE/USEPA), the Oregon Department of State Lands, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District collaboratively developed the Stream Function Assessment for Oregon (SFAM). SFAM supports a new approach to mitigation in Oregon. Designed to evolve as scientific understanding and data availability advance, SFAM is applicable where a scientifically robust, rapid, repeatable, and transparent assessment of stream function will improve project outcomes. And it’s fun!

Course objectives:
Participants will leave this one-day course understanding:
• the interagency objectives and process to develop SFAM
• all aspects of an SFAM assessment (i.e. information and equipment needed, amount of time generally required to complete an assessment, materials/documents needed)
• the basic procedures and techniques used to collect data in the office and in the field
• the scientific underpinning of the method, and it’s applicability in the PNW
• how SFAM informs compensatory mitigation in Oregon

Material to be covered:
Stream Function Assessment Method Version 1.0 (June 2018)

Target Audience and Recommended Prerequisites: Consultants, restoration practitioners, federal/state/tribal agency staff, regulators and water resource managers

Pre-Course Required Viewing and Reading for Class Discussion:
While there is no required advance reading, those who are interested in advance reading can find all components of SFAM on the Aquatic Mitigation Topic Page ( and information on the Aquatic Resources Mitigation Framework which SFAM supports on ODSL’s website ( Participants may want to refer to the SFAM documents and the Stream Function Assessment Method (SFAM) Map Viewer during the training.