Healthy streams benefit many user groups and resources such as wildlife, agriculture, and recreationists. However, streams in the west are often degraded. Some of the degradation can be attributed to the extirpation of beaver from the ecosystem. The environmental benefits of beaver activity are well documented: beaver create aquatic and riparian habitats, provide hydrological connectivity, reduce erosion, control sediments, and reduce runoff and floods. Beaver recolonization in degraded streams may not be successful or feasible.

Low-tech restoration tools, such as human-made beaver dams, began as a means to achieve the environmental benefits of beaver. The utilization of low-tech tools for restoration is popular because it’s affordable and effective. These low-tech restoration activities also pave the way for successful beaver re-establishment.

We will do hands-on restoration work in streams. It’s a fun day outdoors and no experience is necessary.

FAQ:

What We’ll Do: Carry fence posts, cut willow branches, construct human-made dams in the stream.

What to Wear: Appropriate clothing for the weather conditions, shoes that can get wet or waders, eye protection (sunglasses or safety glasses), gloves.

What to Bring: bagged lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray.

Other Questions? Contact Janice at janice@wildutahproject.org or 801-328-3550 or check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

 

East Canyon Creek/Swaner Preserve, Park City/Kimball Junction, Utah

Date: Thursday, September 26, Friday, September 27, or Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Meeting Place: Spring Creek Trailhead off Glenwild Drive.




Toll Canyon Creek, Summit Park, Utah

Date: Friday, November 8, 2019

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Meeting Place: Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District Office, 5715 Trailside Dr, Park City, UT

 

Miller Creek, Hiawatha (southeast of Price), Utah

Date & Time: To Be Announced

Meeting Place: To Be Announced

Other Notes: This site has limited or no cellular service

 

Camp Williams, Bluffdale

Date & Time: To Be Announced

Meeting Place: To Be Announced

 

Weber River Watershed Projects, Utah

Date & Time: To Be Announced

Meeting Place: To Be Announced

Community Scientist at work installing a beaver dam analogue    photo by Lindsay Aman

Community Scientist at work installing a beaver dam analogue

photo by Lindsay Aman

Training Required? No and no experience is necessary.

All ages, but persons under 18 years old require a guardian’s signature.

Commitment Level: Day-long projects working outdoors.

Field Season: August – October  

Requirements: Field work, gloves, shoes that can get wet or waders