Action Alert: Urge ODFW to restore Mt. Hood's Beavers!

Action Alert: Urge ODFW to restore Mt. Hood's Beavers!

This Friday, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will be voting on whether or not to develop rules to protect beavers on our federal lands, including Mt. Hood National Forest, from recreational and commercial hunting and trapping.  

In our region, beaver-created and -maintained habitat improves water quality, decreases the impacts of floods, and benefits a wide variety of fish and wildlife — including endangered Coho salmon. Beavers play an important role in improving Oregon’s water security and minimizing negative impacts of climate change.  

Please take a moment to urge the Commission to vote in favor of initiating the rulemaking process to increase protections for beavers on federal lands in Oregon.

adult beaver swimming in a wetland pond.  her furry head is just peaking above the water leaving ripples trailing behind her.

Photo by David Moskowitz

Oregon permits limitless recreational trapping of beavers without monitoring their populations. The State’s beaver trapping regulations are outdated and directly undermine the extensive, ongoing restoration of our water resources and efforts to recover imperiled salmon populations. That is why earlier this year, a coalition of conservation groups filed a petition to increase protections for Oregon's beavers given the species incredible ecological contributions.   

You can further your support by joining others and tuning in to Friday’s live ODFW Commission meeting. The petition will include public testimony and is likely to be taken up after 1:00 p.m., on Friday, November 13, 2020.  

Thank you,  

Michael Krochta, Bark Forest Watch Coordinator

P.S. Bark’s beaver habitat restoration program has demonstrated its resiliency! Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we have trained volunteers in wetland habitat data collection, and though federal and academic partnerships, we have begun the process of assessing the water storage capacity of Mt. Hood’s beaver-maintained wetlands. The Riverside Fire caused us to lose access to our study sites and monitoring equipment, indefinitely. However, we are excited to see how these wetlands may have provided a refugia during the fires and have plants to investigate this relationship (hopefully) in 2021.

Please consider making a donation to this program to help ensure that it may continue, despite the year's challenges.