2020 Past Beaver Restoration Webinar Series

Beaver Restoration Webinar SeriesWebinar #1: The History of Beaver and the Ecosystem Services They Provide

Held Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 3:00pm-4:30pm Eastern

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This first webinar in the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) co-hosted six-part webinar series on beaver restoration provided the historical background of beaver on the land and the impacts from loss of beaver (through various hunting, trapping and removal activities) in terms of hydrology. The webinar shared what valley bottoms can be with restoration of hydrology and the role that beavers and beaver dam analogs (BDAs) can play in that restoration. The webinar explained the Stage Zero concept and unpack the challenges created by common practices that have been restoring streams to their first point of failure.

This webinar set the stage for future webinars providing case studies on the results of beaver restoration activities, addressing common barriers and objections to beaver work, identifying where and where not to place these projects, as well as insights on navigating the regulatory environment and stakeholder engagement, as well as what resources are currently available to help those interested in beaver restoration or explaining its value (when used in the right context) to others. 


   Submitted by Kent Sorenson, Utah Division of Wildlife




Kent SorensonKent Sorenson is an Assistant Habitat Manager With the Utah Division of Wildlife. Kent is active in beaver restoration work in the arid west and has been working in habitat restoration since April 2006. Based on coursework he has completed, Kent incorporates Rosgen fluvial geomorphology and river restoration and sediment transport considerations. He also partners with Beaver River Restoration. Kent has a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from South Dakota State University.

Amy ChadwickAmy Chadwick is the lead Ecologist with Great West Engineering. She holds a B.A. in Biology from The Colorado College and a Master of Science in Forestry (watershed focus) form university of Montana. Amy has been working in wetland and stream restoration in Montana for 18 years and regularly gives presentations and provides training in workshops and on projects to teach people about beavers and stream dynamics, non-lethal beaver management, and process-based restoration aligned with the zero stage restoration principle. She has been involved in the Montana Beaver Working Group since its inception seven years ago and continues to pursue and support efforts to restore stream processes and beaver populations. 


Part 1: Introduction: Brenda Zollitsch, Association of
State Wetland Managers
Presenter: Kent Sorenson, Habitat Restoration Biologist,
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
  Part 2: Presenter: Amy Chadwick, Lead Ecologist, Great
West Engineering
Part 3Presenter: Amy Chadwick, Lead Ecologist, Great
West Engineering
  Part 4: Questions & Answers