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Lydia Joukowsky: Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration Habitat in the Field

September 23, 2024 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

NOTE: Limited to 10 people.  Sign-up will be available early September.

Carpool from Escalante Visitor Center/Agency. No pets please.

Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration, also known as LT-PBR, is a riverscape restoration method that focuses on sending a ‘pulse’ of natural processes (chemical, physical, biological) into a watershed basin. Using a suite of well-established scientific principles as defined by Wheaton et al., (2019) LTPBR calls to action an ecological restoration approach that lets the river system do the work (which sometimes, this means letting beavers be maintenance workers). 

Excluding Alaska, according to the EPA, over 90 percent of rivers in the US are classified as headwaters, or ‘low-order’ by the Strahler stream order system. To match the scale of degradation across the nation’s rivers, the abundance of headwater streams provides an ample opportunity to implement riverscape restoration at more miles, with less greenhouse gas emissions and with greater impact by targeting the root causes of degradation. 

In this all day expedition, we’ll dive in deep to answer all your dying questions about this not-so-new riverscape restoration approach, see an ancient beaver dam (built by beaver), and a contemporary Beaver Dam Analog (BDA) (built by human). 

  • Carpool: Ideally vehicle with 4X4 capabilities (I would supply one vehicle, with seating for 4 people)
  • Locations where program would be conducted: Near Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Accessibility: Wading through water, hopping across streams, hiking uneven terrain with no trails
  • At least 2 liters of water
  • Lunch and snacks!
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat
  • Shoes, pants, gear you can get wet
  • Optional: waders, hand lens, binoculars, etc.




One of Lydia’s first memories is of visiting her grandmother’s archaeological dig in Petra, Jordan, where she fell deeply in love with desert landscapes. She has a background in Geology, and minored in Biology as an undergraduate at Brown University, likely inspired by her youth hanging out in maple-studded estuaries laced to kettle ponds in her home state of Massachusetts. 

Propelled by reading the book Eager, by Ben Goldfarb, Lydia jumped into riverscape restoration projects like a beaver diving into a leaky pool to swim away from a hungry predator.  Because of her revived fascination with watershed sciences, she pursued further education and received a Masters of Ecological Restoration from Utah State University in May. She has spent time (in the field and at the computer) monitoring biodiversity from game-cameras and continues to assess riparian health of Utah’s beautiful lands.


September 23, 2024
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Meet in Escalante Interagency Visitor Center Parking Lot
755 West Main Street
ESCALANTE, UT 84726 United States
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