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LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS

The best long term solution is coexistence. Flow devices and tree guards are mitigation strategies that impact the beavers the least, while also protecting your property from their ecosystem engineering. We work with landowners to find a solution that works long-term, and we stick around to see it through.


OUR PROCESS

Assess the complaint

Evaluating the location, access, time frame, and all aspects of the complaint. Detailed assessment of the beavers, total count of dams, lodge locations, size of family, etc all recorded in this phase. 

Flooding, tree damage, water control structure blocked, are common complaints we face and correct. Each complaint is addressed on an individual basis and assessed as a unique issue to ensure success.

Establish goals and objectives

Activities for beaver management will vary depending on the goals selected for each individual project. If the goal is development of a few small wetland areas at a private property, there would be very different different plans versus the goal to expand a watershed for a public refuge area. Each relocation is paired with a beaver restoration project with similar goals as listed above. Beaver families relocated with Iowa Beaver Project are always paired and relocated to a site with a greater purpose where the beavers will be appreciated for their wetland engineering.

Beaver complaints that are assessed that do not require relocation but can be mitigated by flow devices or other alternative solutions are solved by installing and maintaining the structures.

Evaluate options with landowner

Communication and education is the staple to our work. It is important to us that everyone is on the same page. We love to educate about beavers and make it as simple as possible for landowners to coexist with them.

Each response plan will have a variety of options we discuss with the landowner prior to carrying out. We want them to be involved and learn more about Iowas wetlands through this process.

Assemble team for given goals and location

Once we decide our Response Plan, goals, and objectives, we assemble our team to carry out the work. We are a state-wide project, and are proud of the volunteers and professionals that help us carry out this work in each corner of the state. Each Complaint Response Plan will require different efforts from our team. We work hard to assemble a team to carry out the response plan in a timely manner, both for the landowner with the beaver complaint and for the beavers. Because beavers cache food and build lodges for winter, some solutions are very time-sensitive.

Follow up and monitoring

After the work is done, we follow-up and set a monitoring plan to ensure success of our Complaint Response Plan. Since beaver colonies being relocated are paired with a greater restoration plan, monitoring and following up is integral to our project so we can record the success (and share it with all of you!). Monitoring includes data collection, photography, and videography as needed.

All of our projects, regardless of the solution chosen, will include a follow-up plan that provides the landowner with expectations of what to expect after the work is carried out. 

It is important to us to provide landowners with the tools to coexist. We pride ourselves in being accessible to anyone who may need our help, we are only an email or phone call away! 


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Let us help you find a long-term solution


OUR SOLUTIONS

FLOW DEVICES

There are three ways to mitigate flooding caused by beaver dams. Flow devices, lethal measures, and relocations. Flow devices are the best long term solution, as both lethal measures and relocations open the door for more beavers to "move in" to the area, typically within 1-3 years of removal. 

Beaver Pond Flow Devices

The pond leveler is designed to create a leak in the beaver pond. This leak is protected by structures at the outlet and inlet to prevent beavers from blocking or detecting the leak. A pond leveler typically works best for smaller to medium sized ponds. As which each flow device, it is on a case by case basis, no one-size-fits-all!

Road Culvert Flow Devices

Culvert guards are inexpensive, easy to install, and protect beavers from damming inside the culvert. If beavers dam around the culvert or guard (which they often do), a larger amount of culvert fencing should be used. Culvert Fences are typically built on the upstream side of a culvert in a trapezoidal shape keeping the culvert clear of debris, beaver damming, and allows high water to flow over damming on the sides of the fencing and through the outlet. 

We assess the site and formulate a Response Plan based on the colony and your needs. 

If you are on the fence about flow devices, we encourage you to read This Document or This Document to better understand the multiple factors regarding Flow Device installation, and get insight on how its done! 

TREE PROTECTION

Beavers fell trees for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they fell trees to create sunlight and promote understory growth of herbaceous plants they enjoy, and sometimes they fell trees to use for the dam or lodge. The branches at the top of the tree provide food they can cache under their lodge for winter.

Trees can be protected!

We install a fence around the tree using epoxy-coated 4-gage wire mesh 2-3 feet from the base of the tree, standing 3 feet tall.

Other tree protection methods girdle the tree, and do not provide it adequate protection while allowing the tree to grow.

Beavers cannot make their way through the 4-gage wire, and find other tree sources for their construction projects. We do not recommend using chicken wire. 

Don't hesitate to Contact Us for more information about guarding trees. We are happy to answer any questions!

BEAVER RELOCATION

Beaver relocation is a last resort, but is sometimes the best option. Relocation can be stressful on the animals, as it often takes multiple nights to catch the entire colony. While it might be stressful, relocations can be incredible beneficial and rewarding as the colony can start a new lodge and dam where they will not be in harms way. 

Live-Trapping 
We live trap the beavers until we have the entire colony, then we relocate them to their new home where they get a second chance at life. Sometimes it can take several days to collect the entire beaver family. Timing and planning is critical with relocation.

Become A Relocation Site
If you find yourself in the small group of beaver believers who own stream property and would like to become a relocation site for removed beavers, please contact us at info@iowabeaverproject.com or on our Contact Us page.

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

We love to talk about beavers and help educate about beavers as an essential component to Iowas landscape. it is important for us to spread the "beaver fever" in Iowa!

If you have an upcoming event or educational opportunity, please contact us at info@iowabeaverproject.com