Rad◦i◦cle: Beaver Habitat Survey Training

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Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

This summer, Bark will conduct wetland habitat surveys in Mt. Hood National Forest with the long-term goal of restoring these ecosystems and increasing their resiliency to climate change. Part of this project is identifying high-quality beaver habitat with the goal of restoring the population of this important species. 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. 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!

This training is intended for people interested in becoming actively engaged in Bark’s Beaver Habitat Surveys and requires no previous experience. In this training, we will learn to identify the components of high-quality beaver habitat, to locate the areas that need beavers the most, and to use Bark’s beaver survey scorecard. This training is a part of a series of wetland habitat trainings and we encourage participants to sign up for our Wetland Mapping 101 and 201 trainings later in the month.

Click here to register!

This training will take place in the forest and space is limited, so reserve your spot here. Please see Bark’s COVID safety protocol and driver expectations before signing up for the event. Participants will be expected to wear masks, drive separately from people not in their household, and keep 6 feet distance from other participants in the training. 

This workshop is part of Rad◦i◦cle, Bark's activist training program. With courses on forest ecology, forest management policy, timber sale monitoring, forest first aid and hike leading, public lands advocacy and community organizing, Rad◦i◦cle is designed to cultivate powerful forest defenders who are ready to take action to protect clean water, biodiversity, and the incredible forest ecosystems where we live and around the world.

Any questions?  Send an email to Misha VanEaton, our Forest Watch Assistant, with any questions.

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Color photo of Kyla, a white woman, wearing a hat, face mask, and waders in a wetland habitat survey.