Lecture on Beavers
As humans have come to understand and value the critical role of wetlands in healthy ecosystems, beavers—the world’s greatest wetland engineers—are finally getting the respect they deserve. Scientist Kate Holleran will discuss returning beavers to our landscapes and living with the changes they cause in a lecture at the Seaside Public Library (1131 Broadway St.) on Wednesday, April 19, at 6 p.m. “Dam, Beaver! Dam!” is part of the North Coast Land Conservancy’s Listening to the Land speaker series (co-sponsored by the Necanicum Watershed Council). Admission is free.
Holleran, a senior natural resources scientist at Metro in the Portland area, has implemented several projects to improve the aquatic and forest habitat along Johnson Creek on the east side of the Metro district, on Chehalem Ridge on the west side, and on other nearby streams. She’ll talk about beaver restoration research and her own experience with beavers, exploring how her team has lured beavers back to streams and how adjacent landowners are coping with the effects of beaver activities on their property.
Holleran has spent the last 30 years wandering around in, working in, and studying the natural world. Since 2007 her work at Metro has focused on land acquisition and habitat restoration across Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. Previously she was a program coordinator and faculty member for the Natural Resources Technology Program at Mt. Hood Community College and worked in forest management for the US Forest Service.
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