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Monitoring the Beavers on Elk Creek, October 2012

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Tribal Wildlife Specialist Scott Van Norman

Beaver Relocation Program

The Cow Creek Tribe has hosted the State of the Beaver Conference for the past five years.  Next years conference is set for January 23rd -25th again at Seven Feathers Convention Center.   Joining forces with some of the best and devoted beaver advocate in the Pacific Northwest the South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership (SURCP). The three day event is filled with great information and knowledgeable expert from all over the world.

In recent, the two forces joined together to relocate four beavers into the Elk Creek water shed area. Where they are thriving and working on creating there new homes and improving habitat for other species such as the federally-listed (ESA) coho salmon.  When relocating, a stream survey analysis is done to verify a suitable release site for the beaver.  After re-introduction the beavers will get monitored and evaluated three times a year up to five years.

Beavers (Castor Canadensis) are often referred to as “Nature’s Engineers”.  The beaver can and do play a huge role in a healthy and productive aquatic ecosystem.  It is our goal to restore a species of great historic and cultural importance.  Beavers create wetlands, help prevent soil erosion, promote biodiversity and improve water quality and quantity.  Which provides better  fish and wildlife habitat enhancing forage and cover for livestock and wildlife.

Facts about beavers

  • There average weight is 45 to 50 lbs.
  • Beavers are vegetarians and prefer willows, aspen and cottonwood.
  • Beavers, mate for life and are monogamous.
  • Females direct the dam and lodge building and have one liter a year; the average is two to four kits. The kits are born sometime around May.
  • There were between 60 to 400 million beavers before the Europeans immigrated to North America.
  • It’s estimated the West still has only 10% of beavers it had historically.

For more information you can visit:
www.surcp.org/beavers
www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/living_with/beaver.asp

If you are interested and would like to volunteer on beaver relocation projects contact:
Scott Van Norman, svannorman@cowcreek.com
Wildlife Specialist
Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe
Office phone 541-839-4247

Beaver Dam on Elk Creek,October 2012

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In 2010 and 2011 the Tribe hosted the State of the Beaver Conference.
For more information you can visit http://www.surcp.org/beavers/index.html

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