Madison River Riparian Restoration Plan

The Madison River Foundation is interested in identifying riparian restoration opportunities along the Madison River between the US 87 bridge and Varney Bridge. Recognizing the unique nature of the Madison River and its high quality fishery, MRF desires to protect this valuable resource by restoring and enhancing its riparian, wetland and aquatic habitats. The Foundation contracted Geum Environmental Consulting to develop a master plan for riparian restoration projects.

The Master Plan is driven by the following goals: 

• Increase riparian tree and shrub cover in areas where historical land management practices have reduced or eliminated riparian forests and shrublands; 

• Provide more shade and cover for fish; 

• Create a corridor along the river where the primary land management objective is supporting and maximizing natural river and floodplain ecosystem function; 

• Restore a more normative hydrograph and natural sediment transport processes where feasible; 

• Reconnect tributaries hydrologically by developing agreements to support instream flows during critical periods; 

• Increase aquatic habitat complexity in areas of high ecological productivity such as tributary deltas; and 

• In general, increase biodiversity and habitat complexity to support long-term ecosystem resilience in the face of climate change and related phenomena such as droughts, high water temperatures, and other unforeseen threats. 

As projects are released from the master plan the Foundation will provide more information.

The first project is the Three Dollar Bridge Riparian Restoration.