Partnering with Beaver in Restoration Design Course 2012

Dr. Joe Wheaton of the Ecogeomorphology and Topographic Analysis Lab (ET AL) at the Utah State University has once again organized the Partnering with Beaver in Restoration Design short course at the USU campus in Logan, UT this October 22-24, 2012. This team-taught course is designed to introduce students, faculty, environmental consultants, non-profit scientists and government land managers to how stream and riparian restoration can be informed and facilitated by the dam building, maintenance and abandonment activities of Castor canadensis (North American beaver). 

The course is split into three intensive (10-12 hour) days:

1. Beaver ecology and geomorphic feedbacks

2. Restoration, conservation and regulatory concerns

3. Designing and monitoring restoration projects that use beaver

As a participant in the 2011 course, I can say that this course provides an exceptional opportunity for participants to synthesize the principles of ecology, hydrology, geomorphology and restoration design, science and engineering. Last year's course was comprised of students from private consultancies, academia, state and federal agencies, all of whom had different professional and academic backgrounds, with restoration design, assessment and implementation as the unifying interests. The course, while intensive, focuses on both lectures and discussions as well as field trips on the Cache National Forest. The course design provides close contact and great opportunities for conversation with the entire instructional team. 

To teach the course Joe has once again comprised a crack team of biologists, geomorphologists, spatial analysts and land managers that includes Joe Wheaton (USU ET AL), Mary O'Brien (Grand Canyon Trust), Nick Bouwes (EcoLogical Research, Utah State), Chris Jordan (NOAA Fisheries), Wally MacFarlane (USU ET AL, Treefight.org, freelance spatial guru, killer skier and kayaker, and 5-time dad-of-the-year) and several ET AL members. 

This course is brought to students by the Intermountain Center for River Rehabilitation and Restoration, which offers numerous courses on river restoration and management, the Department of Watershed Sciences, the ET AL and is in cooperation with the Stella lab and the Grand Canyon Trust. It's available for academic credit through USU or may count towards other professional certifications or continuing education programs. Full details are linked to the image below:


Hopefully, I'll see you in Logan next month for a great course!

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