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Because numbers of bald eagles within the watershed are the result of both habitat within the watershed and influences outside the watershed, we measure progress under the HCP by focusing on watershed habitat protection and restoration.
Measuring Success for Aquatic and Riparian Habitat Restoration
We document number and location of conifer underplanting and release projects, number and location of thinning projects, and development of large conifer trees capable of supporting an eagle nest.
See aquatic and riparian habitat restoration metrics.
Measuring Success for Upland Forest Habitat Restoration
We document number and location of areas treated with variable density thinning and development of large trees capable of supporting an eagle nest within one mile of open water.
View upland forest habitat restoration metrics.
Measuring Success for Protecting Watershed Habitats
Active forest habitat restoration projects encompass only a small fraction of the land area in the watershed. Most of the forest will simply be protected from threats and left alone to develop the large trees required for bald eagle nesting and perching through passive restoration. We measure our success in protecting watershed habitats for bald eagles by documenting our efforts in preventing and suppressing fire.
View more information on habitat protection metrics.