CFC Volunteer Trips - 07) Site Assessments for Instream Restoration and Beaver Reintroduction


Project: Site Assessments for Instream Restoration and Beaver Reintroduction


Date: June 22-23, 2024 (10:00 am Saturday - 3:00 pm Sunday)


Location: Lewis River Watershed


Trip leader: Amanda Keasberry 


Trip description: We’ve been conducting beaver releases for the past four years! It’s time to find some new release sites before the beaver trapping starts this year. Working from our beaver habitat spatial analysis, we'll be touring riparian areas with the Upper Lewis River watershed that show potential as optimal beaver habitat.


Surveying these sites will entail looking for evidence of past or present beaver occupancy and noting other environmental features favorable to beaver. Even if these areas are not suitable for beaver, they might be great sites for beaver dam analogs, which are channel-spanning structures that mimic beaver dams and serve similar functions in terms of increasing stream complexity, attenuating flows, and creating deep pools which are beneficial to salmonid species! 


Task: Surveying creeks of interest to determine suitability for future beaver releases or beaver dam analog installation 


Trip difficulty:  5 out of 5 || This trip requires hiking over uneven and/or steep terrain, through brush, over downed logs, traversing slippery rocks, and potentially up to 3 miles of hiking daily.


What you need: Sturdy hiking boots (rubber boots if you have them), warm layers, rain gear, sun protection, day pack with food/water and other essentials, and camping gear (detailed list sent via email)


Gear provided: Data collection equipment, measuring tools 


Lodging: Developed campground near the Lewis River

Schedule Summary

This activity occurs between Saturday, June 22, 2024 and Sunday, June 23, 2024