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5-14-19. The Institute’s Living with Beaver workshops are taking reservations again for 2019. Please see this page.
5/4/19. You raised $1850 for Institute’s work through Idaho Gives. Thank you for your partnership in these efforts! This was the Institute’s first year in Idaho Gives and we are excited about these results and meeting new partners.
4-13-19. Seventh Generation Institute will be participating in Idaho Gives on May 2, 2019. Your support can put boots on the ground, foster innovation and make a difference for nature and people. More info coming.
3-12-19. Seventh Generation Institute is partnering with the Community Library in Ketchum to bring a free screening of the Institute’s film “Rethinking Beaver: old nuisance or new partner?” to the Wood River valley. It is a great honor to work with the Community Library, an institution in the valley for 60 years. This will be the Institute’s Outsider Corps for March 2019.
Join us! March 26, 6:00 pm. Free.
Through unscripted interviews with ranchers and others, this film will explore in-depth the real-life pros and cons of using of beaver as a tool to restore streams, adapt to climate change, improve fish and wildlife habitat, repair erosion and increase forage on ranches and other large land areas in the West. Featured in the film are Brian Bean of Carey ID, Chris Black of Mountain Home ID, Lew Pence of Gooding ID, Jon Griggs of Elko NV, Julia Davis-Stafford, Cimarron NM, Michael Bain of Ocata NM, and Christa and David Franklin of Guadalupita NM.
A panel of speakers who contributed to the film – on- or off-camera - will be present to discuss their real-life experiences living and working with beaver. They will answer questions from the audience about the film, about working with beaver and about new innovations in ranch management. We are honored to welcome Terry Mitchell, Tequesquite Ranch, New Mexico, Lew Pence, retired Natural Resources Conservation Service, Idaho, and James Rogers, general manager, Winecup Gamble Ranch, Nevada.
2-4-19. If we had a red carpet we would roll it out to welcome our new conservation assistant Chyanne Stowell. We are very excited to add her to our team.
12-7-18. Outsider Corps returns with a program on Women Making Waves for Nature at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden on January 9, 2019 6:00 pm.
11/17/18. Our first workshop under the new Women Making Waves for Nature Program is called Women Making Waves for Nature and will be held December 13th on Bonaire. Representatives from most of the local conservation non-governmental organizations will be attending and we are very excited to work with these dedicated conservationists.
5/27/18. We are both sad and happy to announce the retirement of DeeAnn Clarkson. Sad for us. Happy for her. DeeAnn gave us ten years of the pleasure of her company, dedication and creative work. We will miss her sorely but wish her all the best in her next endeavors and travels. And... drum roll please, we are welcoming DeeAnn's replacement with open arms. Ralph Pastor will start work on June 1.
3/31/18. The Institute's work with beaver as a stream restoration and climate change adaptation tool, along with Executive Director Cathryn Wild and collaborator Jon Griggs, general manager of the Maggie Creek Ranch, were featured in Leaf Litter. Read the article here.
3/16/18. Outsider Corps is going on vacation for a couple months during the "slack"season in Ketchum.
3/12/18. Seventh Generation Institute was profiled by Karen Bossick of Eye on Sun Valley. Read the article here. Thank you Karen!
2/28/18. Information on the March presentation of Outsider Corps is up! The March presentation will be at a new location - the visitor center of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, 4 miles south of Ketchum. Come out and see the Wood River Valley's very own Goat Man, Nappy Neaman.1115-
2/6/18. Information on the February presentation at Outsider Corps is up!
1/13/2018. Seventh Generation Institute is seeking an Outreach and Events Coordinator. See the full position description and application instructions here.
1/12/2018. A tardy wish for a happy 2018 to everyone. Thank you to those who attended the January 2018 Outsider Corps presentation at Whiskey Jacques. Titled "In Search of Haypiles and Answers: Climate Change, Pikas and Politics" this program described the Institute's work monitoring climate and pikas in the southern Rockies, as well much of the behind-the-scenes workings of research and politics that underlie petitions to list species as endangered or threatened.
12/20/17. Thank you to the volunteers who helped get out our year end newsletter. We hope everyone is enjoying it.
11/27/17. The December program of Outsider Corps is on the way. "Boats, Bikes and the Big Blackwater: Exploring Georgia." Paddle through Okefenokee swamp (the Big Blackwater). Cruise on the deserted beaches of Cumberland island. There may be guest appearances.
11/24/17. 125 people attended the screening of the film "Rethinking Beaver: old nuisance or new partner?" and asked great questions of our panelists, Michael Bain, Julia Davis, Terry Mitchell, and James Rogers. Thank you to our panelists and to the Quivira Coalition staff. We met a lot of wonderful people at the conference.
For more information on the film Rethinking Beaver: Old Nuisance or New Partner? click here.
10/25/17. The film screening Rethinking Beaver: old nuisance or new partner?" will be open and free to the public. Catch it in Albuquerque, at the Embassy Suites at 7:30 pm on Nov 16th. This is part of the Quivira Coalition Conference.
10/22/17. The Institute is launching its first local project in Idaho - Nurture the Natives. We are very excited to be working with the Idaho BLM and the Sawtooth National Forest on this project - with more local partners to come. Outsider Corps volunteers will also have plenty of chances to be involved.
10/12/17. Thank you to Whiskey Jacques for being the first sponsor of the Outsider Corps.
Date, time and location for the Outsider Corps is on the calendar - in ink. 2nd Weds of the month, 5:30 PM, upstairs at Whiskey Jacques (for non-locals, that on Main Street Ketchum).
Nov program 11/8/17
Dec program 12/13/17
Jan 10, 2018 and so on... sign up for email alerts in case of changes.
10/5/17. We are excited to announce that the film Rethinking Beaver: old nuisance or new partner? will be shown at the Quivira Coalition Conference at 7:30 pm on November 16, 2017, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. If you are a rancher looking for more info on beaver, come hear the pros and cons, straight from other ranchers, at this event. More news on this event coming soon.
9/21/17. In Idaho, the Institute has launched a new program called Outsider Corps that will share personal stories of outdoor travel, adventure and volunteer nature projects far and wide. All designed to inspire you - and inspire giving back to nature - from local to global.
We are still firming up a location. Stay tuned. Meanwhile you can sign up for email updates here.
2/1/17- 2/5/17. Staff members Bill Morris and Cathryn Wild attended the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko Nevada, where the film "Rethinking Beaver: old nuisance or new partner?" was shown four times at the Maggie Creek Ranch (where parts of the film were shot) and at the Northeastern Nevada Museum as part of our outreach to ranchers on the topic of beaver as a stream restoration tool. Our thanks again to the Searle family and Jon Griggs for their support of this film and the great times we shared. Yes, we managed to have a little fun at the Gathering too...
Dec 2016. The Commission on Ecosystem Management of the IUCN has covered the workshops from the Institute in their newsletter which goes out to conservation professionals around the world.
11/15/16. Kind of humongous news... the Institute is formally "establishing a presence" (since we don't maintain offices) in a second state, Idaho. Holy smokes we are excited to grow and to work in this great place.
11/2-3/16. Staff members Cathryn Wild and Bill Morris attended the beaver restoration workshop and science exchange in Boise, where Cathryn presented on working on private lands and with private land owners around the West. The workshop/science exchange was hosted by the USGS and US Fish and Wildlife Service and focused on restoring western streams by reintroducing beaver or beaver-related processes, especially in semi-arid areas.
Fall 2016. Institute staff Cathryn Wild and Bill Morris were on the road most of the fall season traveling around the West to show the film "Rethinking Beaver: old nuisance or new partner?" Why did we travel? Couldn't we just put the film on YouTube? Well, we wanted to bring the film straight to ranchers and other land managers, make it easy to see, ask questions, raise all kinds of ideas, discuss problems and share experiences. When you are dealing about a complex topic like beaver restoration, nothing better than person-to-person communication.