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Idaho’s Watershed Guardians

Jessa and Emma sit down with Mike Settell from Watershed Guardians to gain an understanding of this unique Idaho organization.

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From the Watershed Guardians’ “About Us” section of their website (linked below!): “Watershed Guardians was formed in 2013 with the help of TogetherGreen, a private corporate and non-profit collaborative between Toyota Motor Corporation, the National Audubon Society and the North American Native Research and Education Foundation. Its purpose is to ensure that remaining beaver within the Portneuf River Watershed and Southeast Idaho remain and that they are restored to their historic range.”

The Watershed Guardians conducts yearly beaver counts to record Idaho beaver population, offers nonlethal mitigation and other non-harmful resources for humans to eliminate beaver problems, as well as education initiatives to help the struggling beaver population throughout Southeast Idaho, and particularly the Portneuf Valley Watershed.

We’re with Mike Settell again this week as he walks us through the Watershed Guardians and their goals, visions, and actions.

Further resources! 

Portneuf Resource Council’s new website:

Watershed Guardians’ official website:

More about the American Beaver from Idaho State Fish and Game:

A fun read about Idaho’s 1948 Beaver Drop - where we parachuted beaver into the backcountry:

Former SI Host Katie Kelshaw also chatted with Mike Settell in December of 2021. Give her episode a listen here:

Jessa is in her final year of her undergraduate career, pursuing three majors: English with Creative Writing, History, and Global Studies with an emphasis in French Language and Literature. She is a published author through ISU's Black Rock & Sage literary magazine and hopes to join the Sustainability Club at ISU. Her sustainability journey began with her year abroad when she interned for Letters to the Earth, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability. She hopes to work for Amnesty International until she can write books in the mountains full time.