WATER Institute Co-Director
Kate Lundquist (she/her) co-directs the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s WATER Institute and the Bring Back the Beaver Campaign based in Sonoma County, California. Kate collaborates with landowners, communities, tribes, conservation organizations and resource agencies across California to uncover obstacles, identify strategic solutions, and implement beaver and process-based restoration to conserve watersheds, recover listed species, increase water security and build resilience to climate change (www.oaec.org/beaver). Kate is a co-founder and member of the California Beaver Policy Working Group and the California Process-Based Restoration Network (www.calpbr.org) and serves as a member of the Beaver Institute’s Advisory Board (www.beaverinstitute.org).
On Staff Since: 2005 Email > Phone: x118
In Their Own Words
My work at OAEC:
I co-manage the WATER Institute’s Bring Back the Beaver Campaign, conduct outreach and education, implement beaver and process-based restoration demonstrations, and collaborate with diverse partners and decision-makers to advocate for changes in policy and practices. I have the great honor of working with change-makers across the state to support widespread implementation of these innovative, nature-based solutions.
Why my work matters:
Working with a keystone species and wetland engineer like beaver can greatly improve water quality and quality, enhance biodiversity and restore ecological function to our degraded watersheds. Helping others see where and how low-cost beaver and process-based restoration strategies can be most effective builds the capacity of communities to increase the pace and scale of ecosystem regeneration.