Bringing Mother Nature Back
Beavers are a keystone species—their return is a sign of success for restoration efforts in our region. Their presence is associated with natural beauty; new recreation opportunities; increased property values; and habitat for birds, fish and other wildlife.
And there are challenges, too, living with our state animal in suburban and urban areas of Oregon. After all, when beavers build, water patterns change. When they eat, trees are damaged. And when this occurs on residential, commercial or recreational property, there are potential problems for people.
The good news is that we’re learning a lot about how to coexist with beaver—and beaver activity in the right location can save ratepayer dollars by performing natural flood storage and water quality treatment. Meanwhile, throughout the Tualatin River Watershed, partners are working together to ensure that homeowners, visitors and businesses receive the support they need to accommodate these changes.
Watch “Bringing Mother Nature Back” to hear from Tree for All partners about the ongoing effort, which involves dozens of public and private organizations, and thousands of residents from all walks of life.
What you can do:
• Get informed
• Know the options
• Make a plan
• Protect trees
• Prevent flooding
Follow any of the links below to learn more about beavers’ powerful impact on the environment—and how communities near and far are working to address their return.
Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife
Beaver Restoration Guidebook
Beavers in the Tualatin Basin: Facebook Page
City of Portland: Living with American Beaver
Clean Water Services: Be a Clean Water Hero
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife: Living with Wildlife
US Geological Survey: Tualatin River Basin Beaver Study
The Wetlands Conservancy: Understanding the American Beaver
NATURE Online: Leave it to Beavers
Environmental Benefits of Beavers
Ecology.info: Ecology of the Beaver
Guidelines for Beaver Relocation: ODF&W
Worth A Dam: Solutions
Landowners’ Guide to Nonlethal Beaver Solutions
Spring Creek (Utah) Wetland Area Adaptive Beaver Management Plan
The Economic Value of Beaver Ecosystem Services