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.


Identifying Where to Place Beavers and When to Use Beaver Mimicry for Low Tech Restoration 

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 3:00pm-4:30pm Eastern

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PRESENTER

  • Joe Wheaton, Associate Professor, Utah State University

ABSTRACT

This second webinar in the ASWM-BLM Beaver Restoration Webinar Series focuses on making decisions about where beaver restoration and/or the use of beaver dam analogs (BDA) can have the greatest positive and least negative impacts. Understanding that beaver restoration is not well-suited for all contexts and purposes, this webinar will discuss risk assessment and introduce participants to the primary elements required to assess the efficacy of beaver projects for specific watersheds and sites. The webinar will cover how data can be used to make decisions about different kinds of flow devices and when beaver mimicry/BDAs make more sense. The webinar will include a demonstration of Utah State University’s Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool (BRAT), a model that helps planners assess key parameters (such as human interaction, hydrological setting, etc.) essential to beaver work. The webinar will end with discussion about the importance of post-construction monitoring.

BIO

Joe WheatonJoe Wheaton is an Associate Professor at Utah State University and a fluvial geomorphologist with over eighteen years of experience in river restoration. Joe's research is focused on better understanding the dynamics of riverscapes, how such fluvial processes shape instream and riparian habitats, and how biota modulate and amplify those processes. Joe co-founded the Restoration Consortium at USU, is the lead author of the Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration of Riverscapes Design Manual and a principle and co-founder of a design-build restoration firm, Anabranch Solutions.


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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.


Case Studies of Long-term Changes from Beaver Restoration Activities

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 3:00pm-4:30pm Eastern

PRESENTERS

Ellen Wohl, Colorado State University• Ellen Wohl, Colorado State University
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Nick Bouwes, Utah State University

BIO

Ellen Wohl received a BS in geology from Arizona State University and a PhD in geosciences from University of Arizona. She has been on the geosciences faculty at Colorado State University since 1989. Her research is field-based and focuses on interactions between physical process and form and biota in river corridors, including the effects of beavers. She has written several books for non-specialists, including “Saving the Dammed: Why We Need Beaver-Modified Ecosystems” (2019, Oxford University Press).

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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 March 11th webinar here.