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Beaver Restoration


Restoring Beaver to Restore Rivers

State of the Art science and workshop dissemination for assesing the stream restoration potential of beaver

  • Using Beaver for Climate Change and Conservation Benefits

    Beaver are being hailed as one of the most cost effective and sustainable solutions for ecological restoration and climate change resilience. This project seeks to provide the scientific context through which beaver related restoration is undertaken.

    Project Team:
    Michael M. Pollock, Ph.D., Ecosystems Analyst, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center
    Chris Jordan, Ph.D., Mathematical Ecologist, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center
    Janine Castro, Ph.D., Geomorphologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service & NOAA Fisheries
    Kent Woodruff, Wildlife Biologist, US Forest Service
    Greg Lewallen, Portland State University

  • The Beaver Restoration Guidebook

    Image of beaver (Getty Stockpile)

    The goal of this guidebook is to provide an accessible, useful resource for anyone involved in using beaver to restore streams, floodplains, wetlands, and riparian areas. It provides a practical synthesis of the best available science, an overview of management techniques, and case studies from throughout the western U.S.

    During the winter and spring of 2015, five interactive workshops focused on the use of beaver in aquatic restoration were conducted to solicit input from land owners/managers, restoration funders, reviewers, and practitioners actively involved in beaver restoration and management. It was updated June 2017 to include a new chapter on urban beaver management.

    Download the Beaver Restoration Guidebook 2.01   

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