A couple months ago we talked with Suzanne Fouty, a hydrologist who worked for Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in eastern Oregon as a water resource and soils specialist. One of her specialties is beaver and at that time she was working with a group trying to get legislation passed to ban the trapping of beaver on public lands in Oregon. That bill never made it out of committee but the importance of protecting beaver and the important role they play in creating diverse, fire resistant and climate friendly landscapes has not lessened.
On the second day of summer I recorded a field interview along the North Fork Burnt River, 45 miles west of Baker City, Oregon, with Suzanne, and on our hike she showed me several beaver dams and the amazing impact they have on the landscape. On this episode of Locus Focus you get to join on us on that hike.