J. Field Examples of Assessing Capacity of Landscape to Support Beaver

Exclosures as a means of passive restoration

Phaedra Budy, designer of the Spawn Creek watershed efforts standing next to a section of the 4 km of fencing surrounding the creek.


Synopsis of Topic

Dam complex up on Spawn Creek.
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.

Learning Outcomes

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. Download the KMZ here to view in Google Earth, or view below (limited functionality below):

Spawn Creek & Temple Fork Drone Imagery

Photos from the Field Trip to Spawn Creek and Temple Fork:

Beaver Workshop - Day 2 - Spawn Creek Field Trip

Kenny DeMeurichy's Beaver Photos from Spawn Creek

Relevant Links

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