The article focuses on beaver populations in Napa and Kenwood and the innovative approaches in non-lethal management the county has taken by OAEC’s recommendation, including a pond leveling device installed by Swift Water Design to mitigate potential flooding damage to a new hotel development near the banks of the Napa river.
Lundquist praises the Napa agency as pro-beaver, saying, ‘I’m grateful that there are flood-control agencies that recognize the beavers, and I encourage all of our flood agencies to learn from the Napa district, because they’re doing a great job.”
Read the full text here: “Leave it to Beavers!” by James Knight
Kate and Brock then packed the house at HopMonk Tavern here in Sebastopol and again at Copperfield’s Books in San Rafael in celebration of the national release of Ben Goldfarb’s new book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter. The OAEC WATER Institute is featured prominently in the California chapter of this important book, published by Chelsea Green. Ben’s writing style is both scientifically-rigorous and humorous in its social commentary – and pairs perfectly with the likes of Kate and Brock who brought down the house with entertaining banter!
Goldfarb credits the OAEC WATER Institute for moving the needle toward non-lethal management in our local watershed management agencies:
“Legitimizing beavers in the eyes of public agencies – a recalcitrant political network that Dolman terms the “egosystem” – is a full-time job. Lundquist and Dolman have espoused the rodents’ virtues in lectures to Forest Service staff, convened workshops touting beaver restoration in the Sierra Nevada, and delivered more talks on the relationship between beavers and salmon than they can count. Thanks in large measure to their relentless crusading, beavers have moved from the radical fringe of California’s restoration community to somewhere near its center.”
Yes! Magazine published a fantastic excerpt of the book in this week’s edition, available here. Well worth the read!
“What a wonderful augmenting addition to the many artful expressions in town – further cementing the reputation of Martinez as a true Beaver Believers destination station!” says Brock of the mural pictured here and another chalk mural painted live during the festival by artist Amy Hall. “Always great to converge with our convivial cast of Castor characters in cacophonous community celebration!”
Listen to the interview with Kate by Tom Wheeler on KHSU – a great intro into the benefits of beaver in the environment and the challenges they face here in CA. http://www.khsu.org/post/are-you-beaver-believer#stream/0
Click here for more information about the Bring Back the Beaver Campaign.