Restoration Ecology along the Crooked River
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Restoration Ecology along the Crooked River

I was excited. It’s great, to learn that you’re gonna come out with your class and actually work out here on the Crooked River. What we’re trying to do here is bring the property and the river and the
stream bank back to what it would have been like and return some of the
connectivity to the flood bank with some of the plantings were doing and some of
the fencing that we’re doing. We really started talking a lot about beaver, and I don’t remember whether I introduced that or whether the students did; we just
started talking about “wouldn’t it be cool if we could put in some dams here
and just see what would happen?” What those structures do is they hold up the stream, they slow down the stream power, they push the stream in all sorts of
different directions, they create a lot of habitat complexity for the fish. You know, getting the behind-the-scenes look from Matt, you understand what it takes
to fund a project like this – to plan a project like this, to monitor a project
like this, effectively. I’ve had a couple classes with Dr. Orr,
and he gets students out in the field a lot. I think like especially for me, you
learn so much more actually out in the field where you’re actually doing stuff
and touching stuff and seeing how everything works. The other thing fun thing about these field courses for students is they’re
very social. So we go out in these groups and you’re camping and you’re working
together and you’re being cooperative and you’re relying on each other. So when I go to apply to grad school I
think that this experience alone will give me an edge up on a lot of other
people that maybe haven’t had the chance to go out and perform their own
research. Many of them have gone on and actually worked in restoration ecology
which has been really gratifying. We’ve had other students say all I talked
about in my job interview was stuff from your course.

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