Animal Writes
31 March 1999 Issue
Solving Conflicts With Beavers

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 provide the
necessary information to successfully manage problems that arise with beaver
due to tree felling and the flooding of property and roads. Experts from New
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 Canada's
80,000-acre Gatineau Park will describe the park's 10-year program of
coexistence, and wildlife biologist Skip Lisle from Maine will demonstrate the
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. Techniques to
protect trees and live-trapping methods will also be taught. Internationally known
scientists will speak, including beaver researcher Dietland Muller-Schwarze and
hydrologist Donald Hey. An introductory talk by Hope Ryden, award-winning
author of Lily Pond and filmmaker, will include a video made inside a beaver lodge.

Anyone interested in beaver and wetlands, including wildlife advocates and
environmentalists, will enjoy the workshop, and highway supervisors, park
naturalists, wildlife managers, and nuisance wildlife control operators will find
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 each
year. New York Bond Act funding is available to N.Y. municipalities, and others,
for lasting, non-lethal solutions to objectionable beaver flooding with the next
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 days, or
$65 for one day, is required by April 20 to ensure a seat on the field trip bus.
Please contact Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife, or BWW,
([email protected]), for the full agenda and registration form.
Email: [email protected] 

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