Living with Beavers
Do you have beaver on your property? The Snohomish Conservation District (SCD) may be able to provide you with expertise and financial assistance to help you:
- assess your beaver situation and identify management options
- develop a beaver management plan
- obtain permits for beaver management work
- install beaver management devices like flexible pond levelers and beaver deceivers
- install protective tree caging
- install native wetland plants along beaver ponds.
What are the benefits of beaver?
We encourage maintaining beaver on the landscape whenever possible because of the tremendous benefits they provide fish, wildlife, and people, including:
- slowing and storing flood waters, which recharges groundwater supplies, decreases the severity of downstream flooding in the winter, and increases stream flows in the summer
- providing critical habitat for juvenile salmon to forage and stay safe from predators
- capturing excess sediment – which can harm aquatic organisms and carry other pollutants - from the water column by slowing the water down and allowing it to settle to the bottom of the pond
- providing wetland habitat for many kinds of birds and wildlife – herons, ducks, deer, elk and many more!
Why consider an alternative management approach to beaver issues?
Non-lethal management options, such as pond levelers and beaver deceivers, allow beavers to remain on-site and continue to provide valuable benefits to the landscape. Sometimes trapping and dam removal are the best management options, but when they are properly installed and maintained, non-lethal management devices are often the most cost-effective and sustainable management option available.
The Snohomish Conservation District can help landowners manage their property in ways that allow both beavers and humans to live together. If beaver activity is causing issues on your property in Snohomish County or on Camano Island, contact SCD to assess the possibility of an alternative management option that will reduce conflict and allow beavers to remain on-site.
District Contact: Alex Pittman, 425-377-7013, firstname.lastname@example.org
Everett Herald - May 9, 2017 - "Troublesome dams in Mill Creek fixed by the ‘beaver deceiver’"