When Bonneville Cutthroat Trout were reintroduced into Big Wash Creek in eastern Nevada, the owners of Hidden Canyon Ranch joined forces with Trout Unlimited, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and NRCS to restore the creek and ensure that the habitat was beneficial for the BCT, a species of concern for the FWS.
The landowners installed six grade stabilization structures in Big Wash Creek, with financial assistance from the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program. The structures provide numerous environmental benefits by slowing the rate of water discharge during large water events, and reducing the velocity and energy responsible for creating down cuts and gullies. Sediment is caught and retained upstream to help restore stream grade, raise the water table, and stabilize eroded banks. The owners are now working to restore the stream habitat using WHIP funding.