Leave it to Beavers
It’s time for some common-sense approach to managing our wild spaces. Bring in the beavers!
Beaver restoration is a key tool for building healthy, resilient watersheds in the West.
With the help of Carpe Diem West Partner member Sarah Bates, of the National Wildlife Federation, along with others on Healthy Headwaters Leadership Team, we actively engage in outreach to inform the public and opinion leaders about the value of their activity on watershed well being.
This recent article in Outside Bozeman’s on-line edition, submitted by grad student Sean Quartz in the University of Montana’s Natural Resources Conflict Resolution Program is a great example of what they are doing in Montana.
Here’s what you can do at a local level: Learn more about the value of beaver activity for watershed health and engage with partners who are working to restore beaver habitat. Encourage your state fish and wildlife agency to reduce conflicts with beavers through proven management techniques described in this essay and in readily available resources online (e.g. Living With Beavers). Beaver restoration is a cost-effective solution that’s a win for us, and the water that supports our wildlife, recreation and livelihoods.
October 15, 2018