Riparian planting monitoring within the Bridge Creek Intensively Monitored Watershed (IMW) is an ongoing, yearly assessment of the survival and growth of willow, cottonwood, alder, and dogwood stakes planted along a stretch of lower Bridge Creek.
Plantings were initiated in the spring of 2008 as part of an experimental study to determine the best way to increase plant survival and growth while minimizing herbivore browsing. Subsequent plantings were completed between 2008 and 2011, and in total approximately 5000 tree stakes were planted
Currently, monitoring data includes an assessment of the plant’s condition (alive or dead), its overall height, the presence or absence of a terminal bud and evidence of browse, and the herbivore-protection treatment configuration. Analyses of the spatial patterns of plant survival are planned in future months.
Hall, Jason, Michael Pollock, and Shirley Hoh. Methods for successful establishment of cottonwood and willow along an incised stream in semiarid eastern Oregon, USA. Ecological Restoration 29.3 (2011): 261-269.
Hall, J. E., M. M. Pollock, S. Hoh, C. Volk, J. Goldsmith, and C. E. Jordan. 2015. Evaluation of dryland riparian restoration with cottonwood and willow using deep-planting and herbivore protection. Ecosphere 6(12):263.