Snowpack and Forest Restoration Decision Support Tool

The Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board (UCSRB) is partnering with the Washington State Department of Ecology’s (DOE) Office of the Columbia River to develop a forest restoration decision support tool aimed at increasing water yields across North Central Washington. The goal of the project is retain and increase snowpack for instream and out-of-stream uses in the Upper Columbia and its tributaries.  The tool will be used to support large-scale restoration of forests in areas where snowpack is the primary source of late season flows by helping to target restoration efforts in areas where benefits to snowpack retention, streamflow, and aquatic habitat will be greatest. Given predicted changes in water supply and timing of flow this work will be critical to ensure that natural hydrologic process are functioning in a way that allows for future human and natural demands.