Beavers and their dams create numerous benefits for salmon, water quantity, water quality and they are known as ecosystem engineers. However, there is a lot of misunderstanding about beavers, and their activity can create problems for private landowners. The MidCoast Watersheds Council invites the public to attend a screening of two videos from the Living with Beaver series, created by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) on August 2nd, 2018 at 6:30 PM in Newport. The meeting will be held in room 205 at the Newport Visual Arts Center at Nye Beach. Refreshments will be served.
The PSMFC has produced a series of videos about landowners working with beavers on their properties and the ecological outcomes of beavers on the landscape. These videos are meant as an outreach tool to teach the community about the importance of protecting beaver and the habitats they create. Evan Hayduk, Restoration Specialist for the MCWC, will also share the results of a pilot outreach project funded through the Alsea Stewardship Group to connect with landowners in areas that have been identified as ideal beaver habitat. Handouts and information on beavers will be available at the meeting, and we will answer any questions that people have about living with beaver.
Come learn more about living with beaver on the Oregon Coast on August 2nd.
Beavers can make large dams, like this one on the Upper Yaquina River (left). However, they can also create some problems for landowners, like when they locate their dams in or near culverts (left/below). Come learn about solutions and strategies for co-existing with these ecosystem engineers!