The South Fork John Day Watershed Council, Anabranch Solutions, NOAA Fisheries, and OWEB are excited for you to join us for our upcoming "Partnering with Beaver in Restoration Design" workshop in John Day, OR. The workshop is intended for students, resource managers, landowners, restoration practitioners, researchers, and others interested in the use of beaver for restoring rivers and/or streams. Participants will come away with:
- An appreciation of beaver ecology and the complex feedbacks between beaver activity, hydrogeomorphic responses, riparian vegetation and fish ecology;
- Knowledge of past and ongoing restoration projects using beaver;
- A working understanding of considerations in restoration designs using beaver;
- How to manage public expectations regarding potential restoration responses involving beaver;
- An introduction of how to develop dynamic restoration designs utilizing beaver.
General WORKSHOP INFORMATION
The workshop will consist of three packed days of classroom presentations and discussions, field exercises, and hands on experience building Beaver Dam Analog and other "Cheap and Cheerful" restoration structures. The workshop will run from Tuesday, July 24th - Thursday, July 26th.
- During the first two days we will spend mornings in class at the Grant County Municipal Airport in John Day, and depart to nearby field locations for the afternoon.
- During the final day participants will meet at the Painted Hills National Monument Picnic Area to spend an entire day in the field working and learning at nearby beaver dam analog restoration projects.
Much of the workshop will be conducted in the field. If you haven't been outside in Central Oregon during July, it's usually hot! Bring lightweight clothes that offer sun protection. That being said, bring appropriate layers for cool weather or if you manage to take a dunking in a beaver pond! Expect to get wet and muddy during the field tours, and especially during BDA construction on Day 3:
- Lunches, tea & coffee will be provided each day. Please email dietary restrictions to Elise Delgado no later than July 17th.
- Closed toed shoes and pants appropriate for wading and working in the field (please, no sandals or flip-flops)
- Waders - Hip or Chest - incase of cold weather, or if you prefer to wade using waders
- Water Bottle
- Sun Screen
- Bug spray
- Something to write on (e.g. clipboard or field notebook) and with (pencil or pen)
- Camera/Phone (optional)
- Work gloves
- Hard hat
- Ear protection (for post pounder)
- Safety glasses
- To explore lodging options, visit the Grant County Chamber of Commerce website.
We are really looking forward to the upcoming workshop. As the date approaches, feel free to contact the workshop organizer Elise Delgado at the South Fork John Day Watershed Council with any additional questions you might have. Also, be sure to check this page often as we will continue to add updates and course materials leading up to and during the workshop.