Innovative Beaver Management and Co-Existence Strategies
Beaver projects are hardly mentioned without our name coming up, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We are an authority and resource on beaver management and are heavily involved in research and greater interested community.
Whether you have beavers threatening to damage property or infrastructure, or you have a habitat you think would be great to have beavers in, we are interested in getting involved.
We're Trying to Modernize Beaver Management
Current beaver control standards are mainly archaic and do not consider recent research and success stories by municipalities and private actors across North America and abroad. We always for strategies beyond defaulting to trapping and dam pulling, and our foremost priority is establishing a plan which will maximize both the efficacy of your budget and your relationship with your local ecosystem.
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Common Beaver Pain Points
Don’t Assume Trapping and Dam Pulling is Cheaper
Regardless of the site or scope, beaver conflicts start as a trickle and quickly grow to big, complex situation. The industry standard is to recognise the potential danger of the situatino and seek a person or company to remove the beavers and the dam. This is the recurrent strategy even in locations where the beavers re-establish many times a year.
This strategy is not only labor and time intensive but there is a high risk for negative public exposure, and often danger to resident pets and stock.
Trapping beavers is not the easiest task, and trapping the last smart beaver is something else entirely. I can cost thousands to trap out a colony and finally get water flowing through the dams, and a month later more beavers colonize the area and your problems resurface. For many, the problem isn’t the beavers, it’s the water or property damage, which can be addressed in a single, simple service.
In areas where beaver activity cannot be tolerated but there is a large regional population of beavers, time and money is much better spent installing flow control devices and mitigating conflict points, than endlessly trapping prolific population perfectly capable of quickly filling any empty habitats you attempt to create.
Beavers have a Place in a Sustainable future.
Beavers are the world’s most famous ecosystem engineers for a reason. They can drastically change the appearance and ecological composition of an area in a matter of months. By simply building dams, the slowing and dispersing waterways quickly cease to be means of water and sediment transportation, and instead become a habitat-building force. Sediment that would typically wash downstream is deposited, the overall area of the habitat is dramatically increased, and the new nature of the habitat makes it a home to many instead of very few.
What are flow Control Devices?
Often referred to as a pond leveler, a flow control device (FCD) is a drainage system designed to allow constant drainage through beaver dams and other waterway barriers. When installed correctly, FCDs allow beavers to remain in place while mitigating the common volatility and pain points of beaver habitats.
Essentially, long pipe is submerged in the pond and buried in the dam so it drains as close to the dam as possible without washing it away. The pipe intake is submerged and secured inside a large steel mesh cage to mitigate Water flows through the pipe and out of the backside of the dam, creating constant discharge as well as mimicking a dam breach. In their effort to stop the breach, beavers usually focus on the dam night after night, which helps prevent beavers’ creating systems of dams before expansion.
FCDs are the most effective and economical method for managing water levels in high- priority areas with large beaver populations.
Beaver management is pervasively reactive, usually only receiving attention and budget following a costly event. FDCs paired with regular monitoring and maintenance under a proactive, progressive beaver management program can be negligible expenses in comparison to dealing with the consequences of events like flooding or erosion.
We install flow control devices to make those beaver dams work for you.
Beaver dams can cause significant property damage, health or safety issues for individual properties or entire communities, as well as disrupt crucial public services and industrial activities. While this may sometimes be the case, the reality is that beavers are also creating valuable habitat and offering an abundance of valuable ecosystem services.
Using flow control devices to manage water levels and exclusion methods to limit property damage is by far the most economical, humane, and long-term method for managing large beaver habitats. Co-existing with beavers is rewarding and ecologically beneficial, while ongoing trapping programs without a long-term strategy are inhumane, expensive, and ultimately do not
Coexisting with beavers can save up to 45% per year, per site.
Beaver Exclusion Fencing
Exclusion fencing is a simple and effective way of keeping beavers from plugging up culverts, bridges, weirs, and other drainage infrastructure. Essentially, it creates a barrier that does not allow beavers access to the area and is built in such a way to ensure that if the beavers continue to dam, it is focused on the fence and not the piece of infrastructure the fence is protecting.
These devices are built on-site and custom-fitted to each location. They provide years of trouble-free drainage with minimal maintenance.
Humane Solutions’ Fish Lyft innovation is the answer beaver and salmon conservationists have been waiting for.