• stream restoration, permitting
  • river restoration, river assessment
  • river restoration, river assessment

Linville River Restoration Project

Client: PilotView RC&D
Location: Avery County, NC

Wildlands completed design, permitting, and construction observation for the restoration and enhancement of a high elevation riparian system.  Phase II construction was completed in 2009 on approximately 5,200 feet of trout waters on the West Fork of the Linville River in the Upper Linville River Watershed.  Several sections of the river design focused on total restoration of degraded stream corridors while other river reaches were enhanced for trout habitat.  The project design also included riparian habitat enhancement and pond and dam rehabilitation to protect water quality from a small agricultural tributary.  Wildlands performed all permitting for the project including 401/404 permits, erosion and sedimentation control, and floodplain permits. Wildlands also worked closely with the contractor during construction.  This project was funded by the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund.


In 2012, Wildlands completed design and permitting for Phase III of the Linville River restoration project. This phase includes 2,425 linear feet of enhancement on the Linville River and 520 linear feet on an associated tributary as well as wetland restoration and creation in place of three acres of borrow pits that were originally excavated for the construction of Highway 105 through the Town of Linville.  A detailed hydraulic model was developed to support a no-rise floodplain development permit.


Ecological Restoration