Status: In Progress


Data will be collected for three watersheds in the North Fork Coeur d’Alene River subbasin (Beaver Creek, Prichard Creek, and Eagle Creek) and two watersheds that are tributaries to Coeur d’Alene Lake (Beauty Creek and Carlin Creek).


Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) uses laser imagery to show highly-detailed topographic data. The selected watersheds are good candidates for potential restoration benefiting injured resources like native trout.


This project builds upon a large, cost-effective, cooperative LiDAR data collection effort. A contractor will fly a drone over the selected watersheds and collect LiDAR data. This will provide accurate topographic data and assist restoration planning.


These data will be publicly available online through the Idaho LiDAR Consortium with valuable information about the watersheds and habitat. This will provide a strong foundation and head start for restoration planning.


Brendan Naples
U.S. Forest Service
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83873


U.S. Forest Service


Idaho Department of Lands University of Idaho
Bureau of Land Management
PotlachDeltic Corporation
Stimson Lumber Company
Bennett Lumber Products

LiDAR imagery, like this bare earth hillshade imagery example, can show the active stream channel, old channels, active and abandoned roads, landslides, and other features.

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