Beaver Restoration Webinar Series Beaver Restoration Webinar Series

The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have collaborated to develop a series of webinars introducing the topic of restoration of aquatic ecosystems through the reintroduction of beavers, the use of beaver dam analogues (BDAs) or restoration designed to attract beavers to an area to contribute to changing hydrology and restoring ecosystem services. This webinar series has been planned by a national workgroup of beaver restoration experts and webinars are presented by expert practitioners, managers and researchers working in the field. The webinar series will provide four webinars in 2020 and an additional two webinars in 2021, covering the basics of beaver restoration and continuing through implementation challenges and ways to encourage beaver restoration projects.


Webinar #4: Addressing Common Barriers and Objections to Beaver Restoration Work

Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 3:00 pm-4:30 pm Eastern

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PRESENTERS

  • Wally MacFarlane, Utah State University
  • Justin Jimenez, Bureau of Land Management

ABSTRACT

This fourth webinar in the ASWM-BLM Beaver Restoration Webinar Series focuses on common barriers to beaver restoration and beaver dam analog (BDA) work and when/how these barriers can be overcome. Common local landowner concerns include the taking of water from downstream water users, the potential for infrastructure damage, and a general intolerance for dam building activities. Common barriers to project success include long delays associated with the NEPA process and inability to sustain strong, diverse and long-lasting project partners. This webinar will provide case studies from Utah and Idaho and will provide insights on best management practices for successful beaver restoration and BDA work.

BIOS 

Wally MacfarlaneWally Macfarlane is a veteran geospatial professional with 20 years of experience developing and using innovative GIS, and remote sensing techniques to assess climate and land-use induced environmental change. Wally was instrumental in leading the development of BRAT (Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool) and RCAT (Riparian Condition Assessment Tool). As Wally's research started to focus more on planning and prioritization tools for restoration and conservation, he began getting more involved in on-the-ground low tech processed based restoration. Wally now leads several of his own restoration projects throughout Utah. Wally manages the Ecogeomorphlogy and Topographic Analysis Lab (ETAL).

Wally earned an MS in Environmental Science from Bard College in 1999. Before that he earned a BS in Environmental Studies from Utah State University.

When he's not launching himself off a waterfall or cliff, he's usually out exploring similarly beautiful landscapes with his two sons and wife Sammie. Wally is a walking atlas of most rivers and peaks within 4 hours of Utah and everywhere in the state.

Justin JimenezJustin Jimenez is a veteran fisheries biologist and riparian professional with over 30 years of experience working with the Forest Service in OR, ID, UT, CO, MT and AZ as well as the Bureau of Land Management in UT and ID. Justin’s experience has primarily involved working with native aquatic species in forested and desert environments with an emphasis in habitat assessment, inventory and monitoring (Framework and Indicators for Lotic Systems). Justin has focused on developing partnerships and collaborating with others to have success in all aspects of aquatic habitat management. The integration of science into aquatic habitat management and restoration has been a priority for Justin including assisting with the development of a science based process for completing river restoration that can be applied to imperiled river ecosystems (Science-Based Restoration Planning). With limited budgets and a plethora of restoration opportunities, Justin and partners restoration efforts have focused more on low tech processed based restoration (Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration of Riverscapes: Design Manual. Version 1.0). Justin is currently the Aquatic Habitat Management Program Lead for the BLM UT.

Justin earned a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Utah State University in 1993.

Justin’s passion is exploring and enjoying lotic systems whether it is in a whitewater kayak, raft, paddleboard or packraft. He also enjoys skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hunting and fishing. Justin takes pleasure in sharing these activities with his daughter and son.

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A Certificate of Participation to be used toward Continuing Education Credits will be available for this webinar. Free Certificates of Participation are a benefit of ASWM membership. Non-Members who request a certificate will be charged a processing fee of $25.00. You will have up to 60 days to retrieve your certificate. Certificates are not available for viewing recorded webinars. More Information can be found here.


Webinar #5: Addressing Policy Considerations: Navigating the Regulatory Environment and Stakeholders

Thursday, Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 3:00 pm-4:30 pm Eastern

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PRESENTERS

  • Chris Jordan, NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center
  • Alexa Whipple, Methow Beaver Project
  • Natalie Arroyo

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A Certificate of Participation to be used toward Continuing Education Credits will be available for this webinar. Free Certificates of Participation are a benefit of ASWM membership. Non-Members who request a certificate will be charged a processing fee of $25.00. You will have up to 60 days to retrieve your certificate. Certificates are not available for viewing recorded webinars. More Information can be found here.


View the past webinars here.