National Beaver Working Groups

The National Beaver Working Groups (NBWG) are a collective of six-themed sub-groups researching, creating actions, sharing knowledge, and supporting each other through Science & Research, Policy & Legal, Beaver Management Practices, Education, Funding, and Communication. The NBWG’s were formed out of a national dialogue session held at BeaverCON 2022 and were launched in September 2022.

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Beaver Science & Research Working Group

Co-Chairs: Brian Clarke & Shawn Behling

Current vision & mission: The Beaver Science & Research Working Group functions broadly as a support system and resource center for scientists, practitioners, and any organizations or persons with interest in beaver related science, with the aim of compiling a database of existing scientific studies, providing a platform for promoting new collaborations and scientific research, and identifying knowledge gaps and future research needs.

Projects: The Beaver Science & Research Subcommittee is working on:

  • Building a searchable database of existing beaver related research.
  • Providing a resource to support and promote new scientific research, collaborations, and the exchange of ideas between scientists, practitioners, and organizations.
  • Identifying unanswered questions and knowledge gaps in beaver-related science and publishing these findings to raise awareness of future research needs.

Recurring meetings: second Thursday of every month @ 2pm EST; scientific presentations and project-based meetings

If you have questions about or would like to attend future meetings the Beaver Science & Research group, please reach out to Dr. Bonnie Gulas-Wroblewski,

Beaver Policy & Legal Working Group

Co-chairs: Alexa Whipple & Rob Walton

Current vision & mission: The Beaver Policy & Legal Working Group is actively working to clarify existing beaver management related policies at the federal and state levels. We are collaborating with and sharing knowledge between practitioners, organizations, and associated stewards to chart a comprehensive vision and plan for progressive beaver policies and frameworks to support biological and ecological integrity of our watersheds throughout the United States, Tribal Nations, and Canada.

Projects: The Beaver Policy & Legal Subcommittee is working on:

  • creating an accessible resource that defines existing state and federal policies across the U.S. that are related to beavers, riparian, wetland, stream, and endangered species conservation and restoration,
  • exploring the potential for streamlining the permitting of beaver co-existence projects, staring with federal agencies including NOAA, USFWS, USACE, and FEMA,
  • creating a resource to provide a framework and understanding of existing federally mandated State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAP) or Wildlife Conservation Plans to better steer our policy makers towards fulfilling defined restoration goals in partnership with beavers or to provide pathways to include such goals in the next planned SWAP updates.
  • facilitating the building of intra-state networks to help connect people working with beavers or wetlands or related freshwater work in the same state to begin building alliances across agencies and NGO’s toward state mandated beaver management plans.

Recurring meetings: monthly, project-based meetings

If you have questions about or would like to attend future meetings the Beaver Policy & Legal group, please reach out to Adam Burnett,

Beaver Management Practices Working Group

Co-Chairs: Mike Callahan & Jakob Shockey

Current vision & mission: The National Beaver Management Working Group is an ad-hoc, diverse group of beaver experts whose goal is to offer guidance to the public on the efficacy of various beaver management methods to support the widespread use of the best management practices. This includes assessing the probable success or failure of new and innovative techniques. This group intends to work collaboratively with each national working group. We disseminate our recommendations to the public.

Projects: The Beaver Management Working Group is piloting an application and review process to assess new and novel beaver coexistence techniques. This process is transparent and submissions for review are available to all. We also are developing a comprehensive guide to the best management practices to protect trees from beavers

Recurring meetings: Ad-hoc, monthly project-based meetings

If you have questions about or would like to attend future meetings the Beaver Management Practices group, please reach out to Dr. Bonnie Gulas-Wroblewski

Beaver Education Working Group

Chair: Alison Zak

Current vision & mission: The National Beaver Education Working Group works to improve the quality of beaver education programs and the accessibility of educational resources for educators and ‘students’ of all ages across the United States.

Projects: The group is working to compile, review, and share a database of existing beaver related resources for educators. Then, we will identify gaps in available resources and pursue future projects as needed. For example, we are currently working on the creation of a Beaver Badge for youth Scouts with the Communications Working Group. Finally, we provide beaver education related training opportunities and professional development.

Recurring meetings: Monthly

If you have questions about or would like to attend future meetings the Beaver Education group, please reach out to Dr. Bonnie Gulas-Wroblewski


Beaver Funding Working Group

Chair: Rachel Siegel

Current vision & mission:The National Beaver Funding Working Group creates resources and capacity for individuals and groups/organizations to realize beaver-related restoration/coexistence projects via grants (government, private, foundation). We collect and analyze successful beaver-related grant applications in order to get a feel for “what works” when applying for funding for educational projects, beaver restoration projects, and co-existence projects. Additionally, we are available to assist other beaver advocacy organizations and national beaver working groups with grant application review and funding leads. CLICK HERE to find out more about how to apply for funding for beaver advocacy.

Recurring meetings: Monthly

If you have questions about or would like to attend future meetings the Beaver Funding group, please reach out to Adam Burnett,

Beaver Communications Working Group

Chair: Adam Burnett

Current vision & mission: The Communications WG is an ad-hoc, project-based group that addresses outreach, engagement, and branding, as well as a forum for participants to grow their capacity and knowledge-based in grass-roots communication efforts. This group intends to support and steward the efforts of each working group.

Projects: In Fall 2022 the group was counseled through a workshop by Dr. Emily Fairfax on how to communicate to the general public and the media on beavers. With this as a firm structure to build upon, the group recently collaborated on a communications campaign for International Beaver Day (April 7, 2023) and will work with the Education group to research and advance local, place-based beaver-related projects into a published booklet for preschoolers through senior citizens. In June 2023, the group launch a public program, Beavers Uncovered, on under explored beaver topics

Recurring meetings: Ad-hoc, project-based meetings

If you have questions about or would like to attend future meetings the Beaver Communications group, please reach out to Adam Burnett,

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Beaver BioBank

Since beaver-created wetlands preserve and protect our precious, biological assets, we call every beaver pond a “Beaver BioBank. Learn about our assessment and data collection plans.

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