Saturday Morning Stewardship February 23, 2013

Building Beaver Habitat

Where: Stanley Marsh-Thompson Creek, Seaside
When: Saturday, February 23, 2013,  9 am to noon

beaver with branch web lgAt North Coast Land Conservancy’s 80-acre Thompson Creek-Stanley Marsh property in Seaside, beavers are playing a key role in restoring ecological balance to the creek and surrounding wetlands. Thanks in no small part to the beaver’s good work, Thompson Creek now supports the largest run on native coastal coho salmon for a stream its size on the North Oregon coast.

In the fall of 2012, volunteers created habitat for resident beaver colonies at Stanley Marsh by providing foundation points for dam construction in Ditch Creek, excavating old pasture to create permanent wetland habitat, and building beaver kit houses to provide denning habitat for beaver families. During the upcoming work party, work will continue to add the finishing touches to the beaver kit houses by planting and stacking willows around the openings and walls of the lodges and plant additional wetland scrub-shrub species to provide food and shelter habitat for beavers.

Saturday Morning Stewardship programs usually take place on the fourth Saturday of the month from 9 am to noon. Volunteers should bring gloves, sturdy boots, rain gear and water; NCLC will supply all the tools needed.There will not normally be access to restrooms. Work continues in the afternoon, so if you want to make a day of it, pack a lunch and stay!

For more information and directions to the work site, please call NCLC Stewardship Director Celeste Coulter at 503-738-9126 or e-mail celestec@nclctrust.org