HANDS ON HABITAT

VOLUNTEER TO HELP BEAVER AROUND EASTERN OREGON

Throughout central and eastern Oregon volunteer opportunities abound to enhance beaver habitat and (ultimately) beaver success on the landscape working with local area agencies and nonprofits to kickstart the conditions needed for beaver to be successful. Whether you're looking for a short day trip close to home, or a longer 2-4 day trip where you can really dig into the dirt, there's much work to be done and hands-on, hard-working volunteers can really help make a difference!

UPCOMING BEAVER HABITAT PROJECTS

Want to get hands on with restoration projects that enhance beaver habitat?  Sign up here to be notified by email of upcoming projects.

Restoration organization with an upcoming project and seeking volunteers?  Email us (beavers@thinkwildco.org) with your project details and a link to your project web page to be included here.

The Spring 2022 planting season is closed. Check back here in the future for Fall 2022 opportunities to enhance beaver and other native wildlife habitat around Central Oregon.

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* View our photo gallery from Spring 2022 projects

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PAST PROJECTS

03 - POST, OREGON TWO DAY PLANTING/CAMPING TRIP - MAY 13-14, 2022

Beaver Works Oregon will conduct a 2-day riparian habitat enhancement on a ranch under multi-year restoration near Post, Oregon. The work will consist of planting 1200 native willow, cottonwood, and dogwood sticks into the riverbanks. These sticks will later take root and become crucial habitat and food supply for beavers and a wide array of birds, small mammals, and ungulates. Additionally, we will be planting another 300 potted plants of all kinds in order to further increase plant diversity within the sensitive riparian habitat thus bolstering habitat health and supporting higher wildlife diversity. We will also install exclusion fencing in order to give the plants enough time to establish themselves and grow into viable long-term habitat features.

The project will occur on May 13-14. Since this project will be over two consecutive days (each about 6 hours of work), our crew plans to tent or car camp close to the work site. Note that one day volunteering is also possible, just let us know which day at signup.

Trip Lead:  Think Wild's Beaver Works program
Questions? Please reach out to us at habitat@thinkwildco.org.

05 - PAULINA, OR ONE DAY PLANTING - APRIL 30, 2022

Beaver Works Oregon will conduct a 1-day riparian habitat enhancement on former ranching land near Lost creek in central Oregon. The work will consist of planting 400 native willow, cottonwood, and dogwood sticks into the riverbanks. These sticks will later take root and become crucial habitat and food supply for beavers and a wide array of birds, small mammals, and ungulates. We will also install exclusion fencing in order to give the plants enough time to establish themselves and grow into viable long-term habitat features.

The work is planned will be about 6 hours, with an 8:30am start time. (Forest Service camping is available nearby at Elkhorn Campground.)

Trip Lead:  Think Wild's Beaver Works program
Questions? Please reach out to us at habitat@thinkwildco.org.

04 - TETHEROW CROSSING, REDMOND PLANTING PROJECT - APRIL 22, 2022

Beaver Works Oregon will conduct a small 1-day riparian habitat enhancement in Tetherow Crossing on the Deschutes River, near Redmond, Oregon. The work will consist of planting 100 native willow, cottonwood, and dogwood sticks into the riverbanks along the Deschutes River. These sticks will later take root and become crucial habitat and food supply for beavers and a wide array of birds, small mammals, and ungulates. We will also install exclusion fencing in order to give the plants enough time to establish themselves and grow into viable long-term habitat features. This project will also feature educational signage to highlight sensitive habitats and wildlife activity.

This project will occur on April 22nd (earth day!). The work is planned for about 5 hours, including breaks.

THIS TRIP AND WAITLIST ARE NOW FULL

01 - TERREBONNE ONE DAY PLANTING - APRIL 2, 2022

Beaver Works Oregon will conduct a 1-day riparian habitat enhancement on private land near Terrebonne, Oregon - the project is part of a multi-phase habitat enhancement project of former ranchlands. The work will consist of planting 300 native willow, cottonwood, and dogwood sticks into the riverbanks along the Crooked River. These sticks will later take root and become crucial habitat and food supply for beavers and a wide array of birds, small mammals, and ungulates. Additionally, we will be planting another 50 potted plants of all kinds in order to further increase plant diversity within the sensitive riparian habitat thus bolstering habitat health and supporting higher wildlife diversity. We will also install exclusion fencing in order to give the plants enough time to establish themselves and grow into viable long-term habitat features.

This project will occur on April 2nd. The work is planned for about 6 hours, including breaks.

Trip Lead:  Think Wild's Beaver Works program
Questions? Please reach out to us at habitat@thinkwildco.org.

NOVEMBER 25th, 2019 | SISTERS, OR 
Tour de Beaver

Join the Deschutes Land Trust for a tour de beaver at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve! The Land Trust recently worked with restoration partners to build some structures in Whychus Creek that mimic the work of beavers and the ways they engineer nature. See the new beaver-inspired dams and juniper log structures that are changing the way Whychus Creek moves around Camp Polk Meadow Preserve..

Trip Lead:  Deschutes Land Trust
Get more details on this trip here.

NOVEMBER 11-13 | TUMALO, OR 
Help to build beaver 'grocery stores'

Help plant trees this Fall along the Deschutes River. Established, varied native vegetation (such as cottonwoods, dogwood, willow, aspen, currants and more...) is absolutely vital to beavers' long term success in riparian zones. These species are beaver favorites and provide dam building, lodge building materials and also beavers' favorite and most nutritious food source. Read more on what beaver eat, here.

Trip Lead:  Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA)
Get more details on this trip here.

OCTOBER 22-25 | COTTONWOOD CANYON (Near Morrow, OR)
Help to protect beaver 'grocery stores'

Install vegetation exclosures that help to keep browser wildlife (like deer, antelope and even beavers) at bay, and give new riparian vegetation a head start to get established. Once the vegetation is well-established and can withstand browsing and the benefits of coppicing, the fencing will be removed so that beaver can move into the area more successfully with cupboards full of nutritious groceries (so to speak).

Trip Lead: Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA)
Get more details on this trip here.

OCTOBER 22 & 23 DAY TRIPS | CAMP POLK MEADOW PRESERVE (Near Sisters, OR)
Help to build artificial beaver dams

Beaver Dam Analogues (BDAs) are a restoration tool that helps slow down and pool up stream water flows - similar to what might happen with a real beaver dam. BDA's are a low-tech, low-cost solution installed by people (vs. heavy machinery). Over time, pooled up water benefits nearby vegetation looking to grow and flourish and multiply. Learn more about BDAs here.

Trip Lead:  Deschutes Land Trust (DLT)
-Get more details about the October 22 trip here.
-Get more details about the October 23 trip here.

NOVEMBER 1-4 | COTTONWOOD CANYON (Near Morrow, OR)
Help to build beaver 'grocery stores'

Help plant trees this Fall along a tributary to the John Day River. Established, varied native vegetation (such as cottonwoods, dogwood, willow, aspen, currants and more...) is absolutely vital to beavers' long term success in riparian zones. These species are beaver favorites and provide dam building, lodge building materials and also beavers' favorite and most nutritious food source. Read more on what beaver eat, here.

Trip Lead:  Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA)
Get more details on this trip here.

Interested to Learn More and Get Involved with this project as it builds?