Ryan Ranch area was homesteaded in the 1890s. In the 1920s a berm along the Deschutes River was constructed to keep the river from flooding valuable pasture land. Prior to this, the area historically functioned as an emergent freshwater marsh that was connected to surface flows from the Deschutes River. In the early 2010s, the meadow was reconnected to the Deschutes River through a restoration project. In this podcast, we talk with Peter Sussmann of the National Forest Service to learn more about the project and its impacts on wildlife.