Beaver Habitat Survey and Restoration

Bringing Beavers Back to Mt. Hood 

Beginning in the 1800s, beavers in Oregon were hunted to near extinction by the European fur trade. While populations in low-lying areas have begun to recover, beavers continue to be killed in large numbers by federal and state wildlife agencies. Bark began working to restore this keystone species to the forests surrounding Mt. Hood in 2018 with Portland State University senior capstone class projects. Visit the Beaver Habitat Restoration Project page to track our progress. 

flooded Tumala meadow in the North Clack area

Bark volunteers can support the return of beavers to Mt. Hood by: 

  • Helping us educate the public about the beaver's important ecological role in storing water on the landscape
  • Calling on the Forest Service to decommission old logging roads which fragment beaver habitat and create conflicts when beavers attempt to plug up deteriorating culverts (drainage tunnels) under roads
  • Road-truthing with Bark to identify & replace undersized road culverts where the installation of beaver-friendly structures, will prevent unwanted flooding while welcoming beavers back
  • Survey potential and historical beaver habitat in Mt. Hood to identify priority locations for restoration or reintroduction
  • Propogate beaver-preferred plant species like willows, to provide beavers with food and building material, through informed-replanting in degraded areas 
  • Advocate that the State of Oregon end lethal removal of “nuisance beavers” in low-lying areas and support the re-location of these animals to areas they previously inhabited on federal forest lands
  • Advocate for the return of gray wolves to their former range in Oregon, where their presence has the potential to alleviate impacts on streambanks currently overgrazed by deer, elk, and cattle 

volunteers working on beaver habitat survey and restoration in Mt. Hood National Forest

 

We need your support in our efforts to help beavers return to Mt. Hood!

To sign up for volunteer opportunities or for more information on how to get involved, contact michael@bark-out.org or 503.331.0374 

(top photo by David Moskowitz)

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