FULL: Beaver Habitat Survey Training

Date: 
Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

*This training is now full. Please stay tuned for more opportunities this summer to get involved in this important work.

This summer, Bark is hosting its first-ever beaver habitat survey training! During these surveys, we will learn to identify the components of high-quality beaver habitat and to locate the areas that need beavers the most. Bark's field work will provide the Forest Service with information they need to restore beaver populations in Mt. Hood National Forest.

Beavers are a "keystone species", meaning that they play a critical role in creating biodiversity and providing direct benefits to fish, wildlife, and people. Beaver dams create wetlands that help decrease the impacts of floods, recharge drinking water aquifers, protect watersheds from drought, decrease erosion, remove toxic pollutants, create habitat for threatened salmon, and so much more.

Sadly, beavers on this continent have struggled due to population devastation and habitat loss. By slaughtering millions of beavers, European trappers and settlers impoverished ecosystems in the Cascade Mountains to such an extent from which they have not yet recovered. With Mt. Hood National Forest as the source of domestic water for more than one million people in Oregon, and climate change an urgent reality, now is the time to energize beaver recovery in Mt. Hood National Forest!

Prepare to delve into the forest’s geography and ecology. This training is intended for people interested in becoming actively engaged in this type of in-the-forest work with Bark and requires no previous experience.

We will be in the forest all day, so please bring rain gear, lunch, and good boots. Space is limited, so please RSVP with Michael or at (503) 331-0374 if you are interested.

 

This event is part of Bark's free Rad◦i◦cle Training Program,which empowers individuals to learn valuable skills in forest ecology, public lands advocacy, and community organizing. Follow the link to learn more about Rad◦i◦cle.

 

Photo by David Moscowitz

Image: 
photo by david moscowitz of two beavers alongside a stream