Virtual Workshop | Low-Tech Riverscape Restoration – Aug. 11-14, 2020

In lieu of the popular in-person Working Lands for Wildlife workshops about low-tech, process-based riverscape restoration, we hosted a four-day virtual workshop focused on these techniques from August 11-14, 2020.


We had 1,000 people from 44 states and 13 countries participate in the virtual workshop.

All the workshop materials, presentations, and modules are available for on-demand viewing so people can still participate in the workshop at their own pace.


This virtual workshop has concluded but all the materials can be viewed and downloaded for free here.

Workshop Description

This virtual workshop introduced conservationists to ‘low-tech’ process-based approaches for restoring streams and their associated riparian areas (riverscapes) to benefit fish, wildlife, and working lands. Participants learned principles guiding low-tech process-based restoration and become familiar with simple, hand-built tools, including Beaver Dam Analogues (BDAs) and Post-Assisted Log Structures (PALS), intended to mimic and promote specific ecosystem processes. Participants gained basic skills in the planning, design, and implementation phases of project development.

Overview – Pick and Choose

To make participating remotely and/or from home more manageable, we have spread our curriculum out over four days with lots of time for breaks and self-paced exercises. There is no substitute for the field experience, but we will try our best to simulate some of that virtually. Everyone should take Module 1, but after that you can take all the modules, or just the ones relevant to you. All workshop materials, exercises and presentations will be available online for a self-paced delivery by module at any time, but the virtual workshop gathering will provide pacing, panel discussions and engagement with other professionals and participants.

Module 1: Introduction to Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration – Day 1 (3/4-day)

Module 2: Underlying Science & Case Studies for Low-Tech –  Day 2 (half-day morning)

Module 3: Planning Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration –  Day 2 (half-day afternoon)

Module 4: Designing Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration – Day 3 (3/4 day)

Module 5: Implementing Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration – Day 4 (half-day morning)

Please see the workshop flyer and agenda for more details.

This virtual workshop has concluded but all the materials can be viewed and downloaded for free here.




The Sage Grouse Initiative is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America’s western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life. This initiative is part of Working Lands For Wildlife, which is led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.