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(In the “Special Purpose” section just use the drop-down to select “Beaver Conflict Resolution Program”)
Our program goals are to:
- Build greater tolerance for beavers on our landscape
- Reduce beaver conflicts, and
- Increase awareness through outreach and education
Why are we interested in reducing beaver-human conflicts? It starts with the fact that beavers provide many important ecological services to river systems and watersheds. Where they are present they can help improve both aquatic and terrestrial resources. In fact, more than 80% of Montana’s wildlife species rely on beaver-created wetlands for survival! Specifically, beaver can help:
- increase water storage
- increase habitat diversity and complexity
- retain sediment
- cycle nutrients
- filter contaminants
- enhance fisheries and aquatic habitat
- increase groundwater recharge
But while the benefits of beavers are numerous, some behaviors, such as damming and tree cutting, can pose problems. “Nuisance” beavers have often been trapped or killed – but effective non-lethal management options can help reap the benefits of beaver while minimizing the impacts.
Through the Beaver Conflict Resolution Program we select demonstration sites to construct devices designed to mitigate negative effects of beavers. Examples include:
- culvert fencing devices to prevent beavers from plugging culverts
- pond levelers or pipe devices to lower water levels upstream of dams to prevent flooding
- tree fencing to protect trunks from cutting (mature trees as well as groups of saplings may be protected this way)
Learn more about this innovative program by watching the video, reading our 2019-2020 impact report, and checking out the resources below. You can also contact program manager Elissa Chott at: email@example.com.
Beaver Conflict Resolution Program in the “Special Purpose” drop-down. box. Thanks!
- Beaver Conflict Resolution Virtual Field Trip – 10/8/20
- National Wildlife Federation blogs:
- Make Way for Beavers – 6/25/20
- Beavers, Trout, and a Changing Climate – 5/11/20
- Good PR for Beavers – 9/2/19
- Interning in Conflict Resolution: How do we co-exist with our wildlife neighbors – 8/3/20
- Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MT FWP) Living With Beaver information sheet
- Fun and informative blog posts from MT FWP beaver expert, Torrey Ritter (follow him at #tuesdayswithtorrey)
- Additional links and info:
- Beaver groups:
- Beaver articles, research, and more (cool stuff!)
- Beaver State Wildlife Solutions
- Rediscovering the North American Beaver: The Quest for a Keystone Species (MT Naturalist Magazine, Fall/Winter 2019)
- Cost Benefit Analysis of Beaver Conflict Mitigation Tools
- Smokey the Beaver: beaver‐dammed riparian corridors stay green during wildfire throughout the western USA (Fairfax, E. and A. Whittle. 2020)
- At Home with the Beaver: The Story of a Keystone Species (book for young readers by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent)
- Busy, Beleaguered, Beloved: Beaver in the Clark Fork (CFC Riffles newsletter, Fall 2019)