Synopsis of Topic
We will be visiting an existing restoration effort on Spawn Creek in the Logan River watershed and observing how beaver are interacting with the recovery process as an example of how passive restoration and conservation may include beaver activity.
Why We're Covering It
Actual examples are much more tangible than verbal or pictoral descriptions in the class room. The added information of actual field visits cannot be under estimated and should be included in any restoration design effort.
This topics helps us with the following learning outcomes for the workshop:
- 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;
Slides & Handouts
Relevant or Cited Literature
High Resolution Aerial Imagery
Drone imagery was flow in August of 2011 by Aggie Air
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Photos from the Field Trip to Spawn Creek and Temple Fork:
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