Action Alert: Help ban beaver trapping on Mt. Hood!

Beavers are critical partners in Bark's work to restore the forests surrounding Mt. Hood. As they build wetlands, and reconnect rivers & streams to their floodplains, they help address Oregon’s water security, improve fish and wildlife habitat, and tackle climate change at little to no cost to taxpayers. It's no wonder Oregon named this resourceful critter its state animal—but did you know that beavers are still hunted and trapped across the state, even in Mt. Hood National Forest? On June 12th, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission may change that because Oregon commercial and recreational trapping and hunting regulations are up for review.
 

Tell the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to end commercial and recreational beaver hunting and trapping on Federal lands!

Beaver ponds provide an “emerald refuge” in a landscape burned by the Sharps Fire, Idaho. Photo by Joe Wheaton 

We can already see the impacts of climate change in Oregon. There is a growing urgency across much of the state to restore natural systems in a way that is ecologically and economically meaningful. We see this urgency in the declines of salmon and migratory birds as their habitat shrinks while the economic pressure increases as the need for drought relief for local communities worsens. The message is clear – we must do something different. 

It is time to address climate change in creative ways and at unprecedented scales and speed. Fortunately, we have a partner waiting in the wings to help. However, beavers continue to be commercially and recreationally trapped and hunted under Oregon’s Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Regulations. Without a change in these regulations, Oregon’s efforts at restoration and climate change preparation will be ineffective on any meaningful scale.  

We need your help to request that OAR 635-050-0070 be amended to Close all National Forests, Bureau of Land Management lands, National Monuments, Federal Wildlife Refuges, National Parks, and National Grasslands in the state of Oregon to commercial and recreational beaver trapping and hunting!

Go beavers (and ducks too), 

     Mary Baumgardner, Wetlands & Beaver Restoration Committee, Bark 

P.S. Bark is starting its second year of beaver advocacy and habitat data collection! We hope to help bring beaver populations back to the forests around Mt. Hood, and work with them to increase the reliability of year-round drinking water. 

P.P.S. Are you interested in this work? We have a wetland and beaver restoration committee that meets monthly to cross-pollinate and strategize on how best to combine our efforts. This group is open to anyone! If interested, please contact michael@bark-out.org.