Beavers make things complex; that is one of their essential characteristics.  They slow water down, creating deeper cooler pools, resuscitate our ground water, retain sediment and purify water.  Beavers are masters at changing a landscape. Their work is an incredible asset to our changing climate, but they come with conflicts for our built community. It may surprise many Oregonians that beaver are not protected.  In fact every year hundreds of beavers are killed and removed from our waterways. The Wetlands Conservancy is working with local landowners, surface water management agencies, students, community groups and artists to learn more about beaver and start to educate the community about the role that beaver can play in our water systems.

The American Beaver may be the most iconic species in Oregon. Oregon’s early economy was built on the trade of beaver pelts. During the 1800s, demand for pelts was so high that fur trappers virtually eliminated the species from many landscapes through unregulated trapping. However, over time with changes in management and trapping regulations, beaver have re-established in many areas throughout their historic range. In 1969, the Oregon legislature recognized the American beaver by designating it as Oregon’s official State animal. The beaver is depicted on the Oregon State flag, and is the mascot of Oregon State University. Oregon is often referred to as the “Beaver State”.

Beaver Tales Art Exhibit and Sale

In 2017 The Wetlands Conservancy hosted a traveling art exhibit with over 100 pieces and 75 artists from around the state.  The exhibit was displayed in 7 different locations and included paintings, fiber, wood and ceramics.  As the show traveled it hosted lectures, tours and community discussions about the inclusion of beaver in our urban and rural environments.

Thank you to the Beaver Tales Sponsors

Resers Fine Foods

Arlene Schnitzer

Special Thanks to all the Artists



Beaver Watch: Tualatin Basin

Greg Lewellan, The Wetlands Conservancy May 12, 2016 – 7:00 pm Tualatin Heritage Center 8700 SW Sweek Dr, Tualatin, OR 97062 Beavers are the ultimate “ecosystem engineers”. No other wildlife…

Worth a Dam

May 25th, 2016 7-9 pm at Oregon Public House Village Ballroom Come join us for a beer and celebrate wetlands and beavers of the West. Beaver, our beloved state animal…

What Can Beavers Do For You?

The Wetlands Conservancy has been a long time admirer of the North American Beaver, a keystone species that has the single greatest impact on promoting natural ecosystem function in wetlands…