Beaver Management Project

Pond-leveling device after it has been installed.

Pond-leveling device after it has been installed.

In early 2014 Beaver County Administration started to discuss the need for alternate Beaver Management methods in Beaver County, as opposed to the traditional methods of removing beaver dams or removing beavers. In March 2014, Council passed a request to adopt the Mitigating Human-Beaver Conflict through Adaptive Management research project. This project was to work with Doctor Glynnis Hood and her student research team from the University of Alberta Augustana Campus to use pond-leveling devices.

Pond leveling devices are a relatively new innovation that mitigate beaver impacts by reducing flooding of private property and infrastructure. These devices are both an environmentally friendly and cost-effective method of beaver management because they lower the water levels enough to prevent the damage of property and infrastructure, while holding enough water to support the plants and wildlife in the ponds and eliminating the need for constantly removing beaver dams.

Starting in May of 2014, Doctor Glynnis Hood and the student researchers, along with Beaver County’s Wildlife and Landflood Officer, Bernadette Sidoroff, began to map out the west end of Beaver County for priority sites .Installations of the devices began in late June and have been taking place during the summer.

If you would like more information on this project, contact Aimee Boese, Agricultural Fieldman, at 780-663-3730.

As of August 27, 2014, the team has installed 10 pond leveling devices at various locations in the west end of Beaver County. 

In order to maintain the correct functioning of these devices and for your own safety, please do not damage or alter the device in any way, as they are property of Beaver County.


Research Posters

Perceptions of human-wildlife conflict among residents living near beaver habitat

Ecological Sustainability in Rural Landscapes

Beaver Management: Final Report

2016

2016 Final Report: Ecological Sustainability in Rural Landscapes

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2015

2015 Final Report: Mitigating Human-Beaver Conflicts through Adaptive Management

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2014

2014 Final Report: Mitigating Human-Beaver Conflicts through Adaptive Management

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Beaver Management: Building the Pond Levelling Device

Check out these students building a pond levelling device.

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Site before an install

Site before an install

Same site after the install.

Same site after the install.

Building the cage for the Pond-leveling Device

Building the cage for the Pond-leveling Device

Installing the device.

Installing the device.