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Beaver Restoration Webinar Series

September 24, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm MDT

Identifying Where to Place Beavers and When to Use Beaver Mimicry for Low Tech Restoration

This second webinar in the ASWM-BLM Beaver Restoration Webinar Series focuses on making decisions about where beaver restoration and/or the use of beaver dam analogs (BDA) can have the greatest positive and least negative impacts. Understanding that beaver restoration is not well-suited for all contexts and purposes, this webinar will discuss risk assessment and introduce participants to the primary elements required to assess the efficacy of beaver projects for specific watersheds and sites. The webinar will cover how data can be used to make decisions about different kinds of flow devices and when beaver mimicry/BDAs make more sense. The webinar will include a demonstration of Utah State University’s Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool (BRAT), a model that helps planners assess key parameters (such as human interaction, hydrological setting, etc.) essential to beaver work. The webinar will end with discussion about the importance of post-construction monitoring.

Speaker Bio

Joe Wheaton is an Associate Professor at Utah State University and a fluvial geomorphologist with over eighteen years of experience in river restoration. Joe’s research is focused on better understanding the dynamics of riverscapes, how such fluvial processes shape instream and riparian habitats, and how biota modulate and amplify those processes. Joe co-founded the Restoration Consortium at USU, is the lead author of the Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration of Riverscapes Design Manual and a principle and co-founder of a design-build restoration firm, Anabranch Solutions.

Certificate of Participation

A Certificate of Participation to be used toward Continuing Education Credits will be available for this webinar. Free Certificates of Participation are a benefit of ASWM membership. Non-Members who request a certificate will be charged a processing fee of $25.00. You will have up to 60 days to retrieve your certificate. Certificates are not available for viewing recorded webinars. More Information can be found here.


September 24, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm MDT
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