Listening to the Land: Dam, Beaver! Dam!

April 19, 2017

Wednesday, April 19
6 to 8 pm
Seaside Public Library

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. Even urban areas, where beavers were long considered pests, are now welcoming beavers as partners in habitat restoration efforts. Kate 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 local streams, much to the delight of beavers. Join her for the fourth of five Listening to the Land presentations of 2017. 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.

Kate Holleran has spent the last 30 years wandering around in, working in, and studying the natural world. Since 2007 she has served as a senior natural resource scientist at Metro, where her work focuses 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. Kate has a bachelor’s degree in forest science and a master’s in science teaching.


On May 6 Frances Backhouse, the author of Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver will make a special appearance at Beach Books at 1 p.m.

Also on May 6 artwork depicting beavers and beaver habitat will go on display at Fairweather House & Gallery and other venues throughout town in time for the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk. The Beaver Tales Art Exhibit is a traveling show organized on behalf of the Wetlands Conservancy. Sales of the artwork will benefit North Coast Land Conservancy and the Necanicum Watershed Council as well as the Wetlands Conservancy.

In June the artists of the Astoria Art Loft plan to display work by their members featuring, yes, beavers. Sales of those pieces will benefit North Coast Land Conservancy.