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Leaving the Planet Better Than We Found It


Site 1 year after restoration


Site before restoration

Trout Headwaters, Inc.  is proud to have designed, permitted, and installed the first stream restoration and demonstration project on the Sweetwater River Conservancy near Casper, Wyoming.  The photos in this post show the resources along Horse Creek within the conservancy in their original condition during baseline and 1 year post-restoration.


Site before restoration


Site 1 year after restoration

Historic land use practices on Horse Creek, this spring-fed stream originating in the southern tips of the Rattle Snake Hills, included intensive livestock grazing, channel straightening, and de-watering  which altered flows and disrupted life cycles for native plants and animals in the reach.  As the stream banks and vegetation continue to reestablish, the biodiversity and sustainability of the riparian ecosystem will continue to improve, creating rich wildlife habitat and restoring an important migration corridor.

Our team at Trout Headwaters takes great pride in knowing that we’re leaving the planet better than we found it. More about the project at: http://sweetwaterriverconservancy.com/banks-projects/horse-creek

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Mullica River Wetland Restoration – New Jersey

Mullica River Restoration Project

ACE AZ Director Jordan Rolfe, ACE Southeast Director Adam Scherm, and ACE volunteer Bhriana Malcolm complete an ‘H’ brace

American Conservation Experience is currently at work in the state of New Jersey, restoring a wetland area along the Mullica River. The project is a collaboration of for-profit and non-profit organizations: GreenVest LLC is the sponsor and experienced leader in ecosystem restoration projects; Trout Headwaters Inc is a Montana-based industry leader in sustainable stream, wetland, and habitat restoration; and the New Jersey Youth Corps, a ‘second-chance’ program which offers youth aged between 16-25 the opportunity to both earn a high school-equivalent qualification, and gain work skills, through meaningful community service.  The collaboration is a result of an important public-private partnership intended to train the next generation of conservation stewards.  >Read More

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DeClassified: Why Proper Assessment Is Key

Copyright Trout Headwaters Inc 2013 YR (3)At Trout Headwaters we put a lot of emphasis on stream, wetland and habitat assessment.  Our unwavering belief in scientifically-sound assessments of natural resources and habitats led us to develop patented systems, process and methods RiverWorks Rapid Assessment System® and the environmental big data system EcoBlu Analyst.

As practicioners will attest, simple classification systems and models are no substitute for proven, thorough assessment techniques or good data or appropriate multi-disciplinary restoration design. Our streams, wetlands and other habitats are simply far too important.

A noteworthy 2005 article by several prominent scientists commenting on a then-popular classification system and restoration strategy concluded: “Practitioners concerned with professional liability and with the future of their professions would do well to provide design services based on peer-reviewed professional standards.”

We’d argue that the key to real restoration lies in removing human-caused disturbances and providing for sustainable, adaptive and long-term resource management. Successful projects start with thorough assessment.


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Trout Headwaters Is Proud to Honor National Service

THI Lisa Marr, WisCorps's Matt Brantner and Willie BittnerTrout Headwaters (THI) is proud to recognize the honorees of this year’s National Service Awards.  THI’s Lisa Marr (shown here with WisCorps’s Matt Brantner Willie Bittner) and Luke Frazza joined hundreds of distinguished guests for an evening of salute during the 12th Annual Friends of National Service Awards tonight in Washington.  Luke Frazza said, “It was an honor to be there when US Senator Orrin Hatch received the Edward M. Kennedy National Service Lifetime Leadership Award.   His long history of public service and strong commitment to the service community is an inspiration to us all.”

Voices for National Service and the entire national service community filled the East Hall at Washington’s historic Union Station for the opportunity to recognize leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who have contributed to building a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility within America.

The 2015 Awards and Honorees included members of the U.S. Congress, governors, mayors, corporations, and a Washington Post columnist.

More via: http://www.voicesforservice.org/

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River, Wetland and Habitat Restoration – First Do No Harm

THI.DoNoHarmAD.2013(F)It is one of the precepts all students are taught in medical school. It reminds a physician that he or she must always consider the possible harm any intervention might cause. It also applies quite accurately to the process of restoring rivers, wetlands and uplands. The very act of “restoring” any resource or habitat implies that you do no harm.

Our natural environment plays host to an immense variety of species, many of them microscopic. Whether reducing excessive erosion or enhancing habitat for fish, we not only tread lightly on the delicate ecosystems that exist, we strive to protect and enhance it.  >Learn More about EcoBlu!

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Our Thanksgiving Holiday Best Wishes!

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During this Thanksgiving season, all of us at Trout Headwaters

would like to wish you a safe and restful holiday.

When you are gathered with family and friends around the dinner table,

the big football game, or wherever your own special tradition takes you,

please pause a moment and join us in being thankful

for all our precious water resources.

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A Community on Ecosystem Services

Trout Headwaters heads to the ACES conference in Washington, DC, December  8-12.  ACES 2014 will bring together leaders in government, NGOs, academia, Native American communities, and the private sector to advance the use of ecosystem services science and practice in conservation, restoration, resource management, and development decisions. The focus of the conference is to link science, practice, and sustainable decision making by bringing together the ecosystem services community from around the United States and the globe.  This years speakers include Trout Headwaters, Inc president Michael Sprague, who is currently Vice President of the National Mitigation Banking Association.  

To schedule a meeting during the conference contact us info@troutheadwaters.com


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From the Field Today – A Mantis Selfie

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We couldn’t resist posting this selfie of a THI field technician and a Mantis.  The creature was safely returned its habitat during field assessment work on this project site in Virginia.  More than 20 species of Mantis are native to the United States, including the common Carolina Mantis, with only one native to Canada. Two species (the Chinese Mantis and the European Mantis) were deliberately introduced to serve as pest control for agriculture, and have spread widely in both countries.


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Industry Support Grows for Aquatic Restoration Partnership

WadersintheWaterTrainingcopyright2014THIWashington, DC – September 2, 2014 – Aquatic restoration businesses continue to express excitement as Youth Corps nationwide are receiving training and certification for climate-ready aquatic restoration. Graduates of the Waders in the Water training program, created by The Corps Network and Trout Headwaters Inc., will be skilled in aquatic safety, knowledgeable about installation techniques, and ready to provide business and government reliable restoration on streams, rivers and wetlands across the U.S. This industry-recognized credential will build important bridges to enable youth to enter conservation careers by learning how to improve the health, productivity, and climate-resiliency of our streams, rivers, and wetlands. >Read More via http://corpsnetwork.org/industry-support-grows-restoration-private-public-partnership or See Video Clip of several Corps members at training



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Public-Private Partnership to Certify Youth Corps

Restored Creek/Wetland ComplexThe Bay Journal writes: “Beyond political will or ecological know-how, restoring the Chesapeake Bay and other impaired waters across the country requires a good deal of manpower.”  It will take ‘waders in the water,’ to physically return rivers, streams and wetlands to a more natural state.”

“It’s work that Trout Headwaters, Inc., a private water restoration company, has been doing nationwide for nearly 20 years — and work that the company, through a new partnership with The Corps Network, now plans to equip youth corps nationwide to do,” writes the Journal.  >Read More via http://www.bayjournal.com/article/public_private_partnership_to_certify_youth_corps_for_restoration_work

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