WATER Institute Bring Back the Beaver Campaign
|California beaver flag by Brock Dolman - beaver image from www.kidsfront.com|
- April 2014 - WATER launches a California Beaver Working Group Google Group to discuss working with beaver in California towards watershed restoration and listed species recovery.
- March 2014 - WATER publishes peer-reviewed historic evidence of beaver on the California coast paper (Lanman et al. 2013)!
- March 2014 - WATER releases report entitled The Historic Range of Beaver in the North Coast of California: a Review of the Evidence.
- October 2013 - U.S. Forest Service releases a Beaver Restoration Toolbox document with contributions from the WATER Institute.
- June 2013 - Brock Dolman interviewed about beaver in "Beaver Fever" article published in the North Bay Bohemian.
- February 2013 - Kate Lundquist interviewed about beaver on KRCB Radio.
- September 2012 - WATER Institute contributes beaver language to NOAA's final CCC Coho Recovery Plan. It is significant that this agency is acknowledging the value of beaver to Coho salmon as it was not too long ago that beaver were still considered an impediment to salmonid recovery.
- September 2012 - WATER Institute co-authors beaver paper - After years of research and collaboration beaver advocates from the California Beaver Working Group have published two papers re-evaluating historic evidence of beaver in the Sierra Nevada in the California Fish and Game Journal, a major peer-reviewed scientific publication.
- March 2012 - Brock Dolman given Golden Pipe Award - the Salmonid Restoration Federation presented this award to Brock Dolman, the Director of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center’s WATER Institute for his leading role as a proponent of "working with beavers" to restore native habitat.
- January 2012 - California Beaver Meeting - A group of 22 scientists, professors and staff from non-profit organizations, state, federal and tribal agencies, citizen groups and private environmental firms gathered to discuss the current status of beaver in California. The meeting was hosted by the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center’s WATER Institute, which, as a member of the California Beaver Working Group is heading up a campaign to restore and protect beaver in California.
The OAEC WATER Institute has been working to protect beaver (Castor canadensis) in California for years. In 2011 we officially launched our Bring Back the Beaver Campaign (see full list of campaign goals). This project aims to restore and protect beaver in California through the following means:
- Collaborate with members of the California Beaver Working Group to bring back the beaver
- Work with local and State officials to protect and expand existing populations
- Build alliances with partner organizations whose goals could benefit from the environmental services and habitat provided by beaver
- Support the update of the seventy year old Status of Beaver in California Report (1942)
- Support the development of a California Beaver Management Plan
Training & Education
- Train landowners how to implement non-lethal beaver management solutions
- Educate landowners, ranchers, agriculturists, flood and water supply agency staff, natural resource managers, and decision makers about the benefits of beaver
- Promote the role of beaver in the mitigation of global warming and the adaptation to climate change
- Produce a California-specific publication on co-existing with beaver towards watershed health that demonstrates how to implement non-lethal management strategies and highlights the benefits of beaver to communities and other species such as salmon and birds.
- Publish results of the re-evaluation of the historic range of beaver in the Sierra Nevada, the North Coast and California as a whole.
- Contribute to the mapping of current populations
To learn more, contact Brock Dolman (ext. 106) or Kate Lundquist (ext. 118) at (707) 874-1557.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- Educate others about the benefits to beavers and support those in conflict with beaver to implement non-lethal management strategies (Benefits of Beaver to California & Management Strategies Resource List)
- Add new beaver sighting locations to the Beaver Mapper project.
- Help us find more historic evidence of beaver occuring in the Sierra Nevada, the Coast Range south of the Klamath River, the San Francisco Bay Area and all of Southern California before 1923.
- Benefits of Beaver to California & Management Strategies Resource List (pdf 318 KB) - Download this 2 page flier