Climate Change Resiliency Efforts using Beaver Mimicry Restoration

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Beaver mimicry is known as a low cost and low impact restoration technique. With materials found around a stream, you can design and build structures that promote water storage similar to how a beaver would. These structures address the changing landscape that projects much of southwest Montana to have earlier runoff, reduced snowpack and longer growing seasons. It will be crucial to consider natural water storage techniques to promote late season recharge to provide habitat for plants, birds, trout, amphibians, ungulates, rodents and water supply for consumptive use. This talk will cover the use of these structures on headwater streams in the Blacktail and Brown’s Gulch drainages, preliminary monitoring results and lessons learned.

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In January of 2016, Evan Norman joined the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (CFWEP) as a Big Sky Watershed Corps Member. After graduating from Boise State University with a degree in Geosciences, he has been involved in the water resource and water quality world. He enjoys the fast paced CFWEP atmosphere and all of the programs and opportunities it has created for students, teachers and citizens of Montana. His interest in beaver-mimicry restoration came after understanding the importance of addressing and communicating the impacts of climate change in the local watershed.