BDAs in Practice – One Day Workshop for Restoration Practitioners

BDAs in Practice - One Day Workshop for Restoration Practitioners

Tuesday May 3, 2022 | Prineville, Oregon


A small-group, one-day workshop for central and eastern Oregon watershed restoration practitioners around low-tech process-based restoration approaches such as BDAs and biological considerations.

Participants will learn:

  • Introduction to the science, purpose, and need for low-tech process-based restoration approaches such as BDA’s
  • Low-tech restoration planning, design, and monitoring.
  • BDA do’s / don’ts and insights – when to BDA, PAL, or alternatives
  • Answers on project designs (for those with project designs in progress)
  • Navigating an ever-changing permitting landscape
  • Multi-phased implementation considerations:
    - Monitoring (what’s working /not working, and how to adapt)
    - BDA integrity over time
    - Biological function and vegetation for beaver recruitment and other wildlife
  • Knowledge of available resources and where to learn more


Learn more also from your fellow practitioners from around Oregon – the day will offer a number of opportunities to interact and get to know each other. Details:

  • $35/person covers lunch and facility
  • Limited to 15 participants total, 2 per organization
  • Outdoor event meeting space at Crook County Fairgrounds
  • A post-workshop gathering with your fellow practitioners
  • Out of town? Ask us about inexpensive over-night accommodations.

Questions?  Contact us at, or 541-362-1024.

4/1/22 NOTE: This workshop is now full. Please let us know if you'd like to be added to the Waitlist should we have a cancellation, or if you'd like to be notified afterword of the workshop recording.

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Presenters Nick Weber and Jefferson Jacobs – BDA design and implementation practitioners in eastern Oregon – will share the latest in process-based planning, design and implementation along with practical considerations for beaver recruitment.

Nick Weber
Process Based Restoration Designer, Anabranch Solutions

Nick is a skilled designer and fish ecologist who runs Oregon projects on behalf of Anabranch Solutions. As part of the original Bridge Creek Intensively Monitored Watershed project team, Nick was integral in the refinement of restoration approaches using beaver dam analogues.

Jefferson Jacobs
Riparian Restoration Coordinator, ONDA

Jefferson has worked as a professional field biologist for nearly three decades. Since 2008, Jefferson has collaborated on, organized and designed dozens of restoration projects across eastern Oregon. As the field of riparian restoration has evolved he's incorporated new knowledge, such as “stage zero”, Beaver Dam Analogues and process-based thinking, into restoration project designs aimed specifically at beaver recruitment and establishment.

For participants new to Beaver Dam Analogues and Process Based Restoration techniques, we will provide advanced "suggested reading" to get acquainted before the workshop.