This summer, Bark will conduct wetland habitat surveys in Mt. Hood National Forest with the long-term goal of restoring these ecosystems and increasing their resiliency to climate change. Part of this project is identifying high-quality beaver habitat with the goal of restoring the population of this important species. Beavers are a "keystone species", meaning that they play a critical role in creating biodiversity and providing direct benefits to fish, wildlife, and people. Beaver dams create wetlands that help decrease the impacts of floods, recharge drinking water aquifers, protect watersheds from drought, decrease erosion, remove toxic pollutants, create habitat for threatened salmon, and so much more.
Sadly, beavers on this continent have struggled due to population devastation and habitat loss. European trappers and settlers impoverished ecosystems in the Cascade Mountains to such an extent from which they have not yet recovered. With Mt. Hood National Forest as the source of domestic water for more than one million people in Oregon, and climate change an urgent reality, now is the time to energize beaver recovery in Mt. Hood National Forest!
This training is intended for people interested in becoming actively engaged in Bark’s Beaver Habitat Surveys and requires no previous experience. In this training, we will learn to identify the components of high-quality beaver habitat, to locate the areas that need beavers the most, and to use Bark’s beaver survey scorecard. This training is a part of a series of wetland habitat trainings and we encourage participants to sign up for our Wetland Mapping 101 and 201 trainings later in the month.
Please note: This in-person outing will follow COVID-19 protocols. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Driving directions will be sent to registrants before the event. There will not be carpooling and we ask that you only travel with people who are in your contact bubble. Participants will be required to wear face coverings and maintain physical distance from others outside their contact bubble.
This event is part of Bark's free Rad◦i◦cle Training Program, which empowers individuals to learn valuable skills in forest ecology, public lands advocacy, and community organizing.
Beaver Lodge on Trillium Lake
Thank you for registering for Rad◦i◦cle: Beaver Habitat Survey Training!
You will receive an email prior to the event with driving directions. Please note: There will not be carpooling and we ask that you only travel with people who are in your contact bubble. Participants will be required to wear face coverings and maintain physical distance from others outside their contact bubble.
If you have any questions before the event, please connect with Misha VanEaton, Forest Watch Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.