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Spring 2017  Agenda

WATS 6860 - Partnering with Beaver in Restoration Design

Course will meet on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30  PM in BNR 113. The course is 1 credit, which means a minimum of 15 hours of contact time (excluding field trips). We will meet during the scheduled time on ten occasions, have two or three Saturday field trips and one evening field trip. Your grade will be based on 3 homework assignments (50%) and two projects (25% each).

Week

Date

Topics

Lab/Assignments or Field Trips

1

Jan 11

INTRODUCTION

  • Introductions & Expectations
  • Overview of Beaver in Restoration, Conservation & Management Context

BEAVER BIOLOGY, FUR-TRAPPING HISTORY & DAM BUILDING

  • Beaver Biology
  • Fur Trapping History
  • Beaver Dam Building - Why and How?

Reading Assignment - Read Baker & Hill (2003); Read Chap 1-4 (pp 3-57) in Dollin (2010)

Reading Assignment - Read Mueller & Schartz (2011) - Chapters 1-12

Field Trip - Field trip to Curtis Creek  - Tentatively 1/13

2

Jan 18

BEAVER DAM-BUILDING FEEDBACKS

  • Physical Feedbacks (Hydraulic, Hydrologic, Geomorphic)
  • Ecological Feedbacks

Reading Assignment - Read Macfarlane et al (2015) & Read Mueller & Schartz (2011) - Chapters 13-16

Homework Assignment 1 - Map locations & status of beaver dams from imagery - Due 1/25

3

Jan 25

PREDICTING & MAPPING WHERE BEAVER BUILD DAMS

  • Beaver dam capacity modelling
  • Capacity Model Lab

Reading Assignment - Read Pollock et al. (2014)

Reading Assignment - Read Bouwes et al. (2016) & Evans (201?)

Homework Assignment 2 - Apply BRAT Capacity Model - Due 2/15

4

Feb 1

OVERVIEW OF BEAVER CONSERVATION & RESTORATION USING BEAVER

  • Beaver Conservation & Regulations
  • Impairments beaver might be able to help with
  • Scope of Beaver Restoration Techniques

BEAVER RESTORATION CASE STUDIES

  • Suzy Creek
  • Bridge Creek
  • Anabranch Overview

5

Feb 8

NO CLASS

6

Feb 15

LIVING WITH BEAVER MITIGATION & ADAPTIVE BEAVER MANAGEMENT PLANS

  • Nuisance Problems
  • Mitigation Techniques
  • Adaptive Management Principles
  • AM Plan Components
  • Concept of Pilots

Reading Assignment - Read Bennett al (2016) & Wheaton (2012)

Reading Assignment - Read Portugal et al. (2015)

7

Feb 22

CLASS FIELD TRIP TO WALMART

  • Visit the Walmart beaver mitigation project and review adaptive management plan

8

Mar 1

SLOP - Potentially No Class

MAR 3 - Field Trip to Birch Creek to look at Translocation

Homework Assignment 3 - Prepare an Adaptive Beaver Management Plan - Due 3/16

Spring Break

9

Mar 15

BEAVER TRANSLOCATION

  • Practical Constraints & Opportunities
  • Methods and Best Practices
  • Legal & Permitting Considerations

JOE IN SAN RAFAEL (GUEST LECTURE)

Reading Assignment - Read Pollock et al. (2014) and Pollock et al (2012), and BDM (2015)

10

Mar 22

BEAVER DAM ANALOGUES

  • Overview of different techniques and purposes
  • Planning & Objectives
  • Design Principles
  • Design Exercise
  • Designing Pilot Projects

Reading Assignment - Read Hood. (2012) - ‘Beaver Manifesto’ & Macfarlane et al (2014, pp 2-3, 36-43, 48-55, and skim 88-101)

11

Mar 29

BEAVER RESTORATION EXPECTATION MANAGEMENT & PLANNING

  • Critical Planning Principles
  • People & Expectation Management
  • Conflicts & Management Priorities
  • BRAT - Decision Support

Reading Assignment - Read Portugal et al (2015) - Pine Creek

Project Assignment 1: Prepare BDA Desktop Pilot Design & Report - Due 4/13

Project Assignment 2: Develop Watershed Beaver Restoration Plan - Due 4/25

12

Apr 5

BEAVER DAM ANALOGUE DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

  • Field Design
  • Structures vs. Complexes
  • Construction Bidding, Permitting & Safety
  • As-Built Documentation
  • Adaptive Management Monitoring & Maintenance

April 7 - Weekend Fieldtrip to design and build BDAs. Joint with WATS 5340

13

Apr 12

NO MEETING - Joe in Tetons (WATS 4950 fieldtrip)

14

Apr 19

NO MEETING  - Joe in Scotland

15

Apr 26

COURSE SYNTHESIS & PROJECT PRESENTATIONS

FINAL PROJECT - due 4/25

Finals

May 1-5

No Final Exam

SUBJECT TO CHANGES

See http://beaver.joewheaton.org for slides, handouts, links, literature.