SUPPORTING BEAVER AND NATIVE WILDLIFE HABITAT ON OREGON HIGH DESERT LANDSCAPES
Beaver, a keystone species, were nearly extirpated from eastern Oregon by 1900. Their absence resulted in the loss of natural processes which provided resilience in riparian ecosystems. The loss of resilience left these ecosystems extremely vulnerable to degradation by changes in land use that occurred during settlement.
Goal: Our Beaver Works program works to support beaver and the required components and processes that 1) sustain them and 2) allow them to function as keystone species. Prioritize these efforts in areas of their former range where they will have the largest impact on climate resiliency. And provide social systems to provide the individuals, their habitat and systems with long-term protection from human disturbance.
We fulfill this goal through 3 different focus areas:
Building awareness and appreciation of beaver as an essential keystone species
Beaver Works helps Oregonians to recognize the benefits of beaver on the landscape as a keystone species - expanding the biological, ecological and historical narrative around Oregon's state animal. Through outreach and education we help citizens to understand the critical role of beavers in the health of watersheds and riparian areas.
Supporting home owners and land stewards on ways to successfully share place with beaver
Recognizing that beaver habitat sometimes coincides inconveniently (and expensively) with human habitat, Beaver Works seeks to help land stewards (both those who 'own' the land and those who manage the land for another) and beavers to co-exist successfully. Beaver Works provides a Beaver Response Team to consult with land stewards on practical, proven techniques and resources to address challenges (ex. damaged trees, flooding, blocked irrigation ditches or culverts, etc) that may arise when sharing Place with beavers.
Promoting 'beaver grocery stores' and Beaverhoods for successful beaver Habitat
Beaver Works supports landowners and watershed organizations to prioritize restoration efforts, and the conditions necessary for beavers to successfully recolonize.