The WATS 5350 Spring 2019 class focused on Station Creek in southeast Idaho. Station Creek is a , a left-bank tributary to the Bear River, which joins the Bear River just downstream of Oneida Narrows and the Mink Creek confluence. The project is on landowner Terry Westerberg’s property. Terry saw the success of Jay Wilde’s beaver reintroduction on Birch Creek, just over the hill, and wanted to see similar improvements to Station Creek through his property. The project was originally envisioned as a BDA-assisted, beaver translocation project and was going to be funded by Pacificorps.
Intro to Station Creek
Resources for 2019 Students
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Google Photo Album from design field trip.
Jay Wilde’s Story of Beaver Reintroduction on Birch Creek
Idaho Rancher Jay Wilde tells his story about bringing beaver back to the creek he grew up on to restore flow. Jay went on the road in the summer of 2018 and helped spread this message to workshop participants in five SGI Low-Tech Process Based Restoration of Mesic & Riparian Workshops. This video below is from the Logan Workshop:
Birch Creek was the catalyst for the Station Creek project.