Learn More – Tumalo Site



  • This project prioritized protection for the trees that provide the most shade and aesthetics to folks in the neighborhood, and are generally more ‘at risk’ as a preferred species by beaver.
  • Some trees were left unprotected for the beavers’ benefit, and as some tree species often benefit from the “hard pruning” techniques that beavers employ.
  • Beaver Works’ field crew also replenished some of the trees ‘harvested’ by beavers earlier in year.

It’s our hope that this project will provide a long-term solution to the downed trees, while also allowing our State’s animal – Castor canadensis – to continue to provide ecosystem benefits to flora and fuana along this stretch of the Deschutes River.

Contact us at info@beaverworks.org for more information.


Pamela and Jeremy preventing beaver from harvesting this tree with 4' high 'exclusion fencing'.

2"x 4" fencing affixed to t-posts protect trees from beaver 'harvesting'.

Fast-growing cottonwood starts replace trees felled by beaver, will provide shade coverage and wildlife habitat along this slough.

Beaver Works’ field crew here sand painting a neighbors fruit tree that experienced "beaver browse" last spring. Blending interior paints to find a suitable color, and adding mason sand is an aesthetically appealing option for non-high risk mature trees.


Beaver neighbors in this stretch of "river hood" are captured on infrared video cameras.  Video 1) Adults repairing the dam.  Video 2) Adult and kit chewing branches. See more videos of the wild River Neighbor activities in our monitoring gallery.