Living With Beaver
Beavers can help restore streams and wetlands in ways that can benefit both landowners and the environment. But living with them can be a challenge.
The MidCoast Watersheds Council encourages beaver activity in select locations where their dams and ponds can greatly improve stream function and health. Beaver activities can reconnect historic floodplains to their stream channels, create new side channels, contribute to groundwater recharge, deposit gravel, and allow cool water upwelling to occur. In turn, rearing habitat for coho and other salmonids is provided. For these reasons, we have completed projects planting willows, cottonwoods, and other preferred beaver food species where property owners are willing to invite beavers back onto their land.
Want to learn more?
Below are two presentations with more information on the challenges and opportunities that exist when working with beavers. Be sure to also check out the following link for related videos: http://habitat.psmfc.org/living-with-beaver/