Living with Beavers?

living with beavers

Are you a landowner living with beavers on your property?  If so, have a look at a new page on our website, under Landowner Resources.

If you have a stream running through your place, it’s likely that you’ve experienced having beavers in the stream, building dams and houses, and taking down trees.

But before you decide to summarily get rid of the beavers, think twice.

First, you need to get a permit from the Conservation District if the dam is in a perennial stream in the county, and if you aren’t sure if it is, give us a call, we’re happy to help you figure it out!

Second, living with beavers on your place may be an option that you can live with!  From the page:

“Beavers and their dams have a vital role in the water quality and wildlife habitat of systems that they inhabit. Just a few of these “ecosystem services” include:

  • Local surface and groundwater storage
  • Drought, flood, and fire resilience
  • Improved water quality and reduced bank erosion
  • Improved and more diverse habitat for fish and wildlife
  • Improved riparian vegetation and late-season forage”

Connor Mertz, the Resource Technician with the CD did some great research on alternatives to removal of beavers, so please, have a look!


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