A workshop, "Solving Conflicts with Beavers," will be
held May 11 and May 12
at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. The event, which is
sponsored by Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife and The Humane Society of the
United States in cooperation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will
necessary information to successfully manage problems that arise with
due to tree felling and the flooding of property and roads. Experts from
England and Canada will describe and demonstrate lasting, cost-effective
solutions that can often save beneficial beaver wetlands while resolving
objectionable flooding. For example, a biologist and contractor from
80,000-acre Gatineau Park will describe the park's 10-year program of
coexistence, and wildlife biologist Skip Lisle from Maine will
building of a Beaver Deceiver.
Participants will learn about several different types of
exclusion and flow devices
to control flooding, and witness installations at problem sites.
protect trees and live-trapping methods will also be taught.
scientists will speak, including beaver researcher Dietland Muller-Schwarze
hydrologist Donald Hey. An introductory talk by Hope Ryden,
author of Lily Pond and filmmaker, will include a video made inside a
Anyone interested in beaver and wetlands, including
wildlife advocates and
environmentalists, will enjoy the workshop, and highway supervisors,
naturalists, wildlife managers, and nuisance wildlife control operators
it especially useful.
Each NY beaver colony is estimated to produce 15 acres
of wetlands on average,
and problems, such as road flooding, tend to reoccur at the same sites
year. New York Bond Act funding is available to N.Y. municipalities, and
for lasting, non-lethal solutions to objectionable beaver flooding with
application period planned to begin in June of 1999.
A reduced early bird registration fee of $100 for the
entire workshop is available
to those who register by April 7. Regular registration of $120 for both
$65 for one day, is required by April 20 to ensure a seat on the field
Please contact Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife, or BWW,
(firstname.lastname@example.org), for the
full agenda and registration form.
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