Greetings: I am pleased to announce Version 2.01 of The Beaver Restoration Guidebook (BRG) is now available on our website (https://www.fws.gov/oregonfwo/promo.cfm?id=177175812). On June 30, 2018, Version 2.0 of the BRG was released and was updated to include an extensive new chapter on urban beavers, including two new case studies, and other updates throughout the guidebook. Version 2.01 includes a relatively minor change in Chapter 7, Urban Beaver Population Management, on the second to last paragraph of page 101; addition of an internet link to Section III on page 187; and the addition of a reference to the Reference Cited Section on page 209.
The BRG, originally published in June of 2015, is a scientifically rigorous, yet accessible, practitioner's guide that provides a synthesis of the best available science for using beaver to improve stream ecosystem function. The knowledge base on this subject is rapidly evolving. The BRG contains information from peer-reviewed journals, grey literature, and real-life experiences of restoration practitioners experimenting with novel techniques to apply beaver modifications to ecological restoration. The information presented in the BRG is applicable across the North American b eaver's range, but is focused primarily on the western United States. I would like to thank our partners for making the Beaver Restoration Guidebook available, including Michael Pollock and Chris Jordan, NMFS NW Fisheries Science Center, Gregory Lewallen, University of Saskatchewan, Kent Woodruff, retired, U.S. Forest Service, and Janine Castro, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office. This guidebook was made possible through funding by the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative.
Please distribute this BRG widely to land managers, practitioners, and anyone who is interested in learning more about the cost effectiveness and sustainability of beaver-prompted solutions to accomplish stream, wetland, and floodplain restoration.
Kathy Roberts Fish and Wildlife Biologist U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Portland, OR 97266