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Jan Lambert’s Quick Take:
‘Beavers As Partners’ is a community service focus of The Valley Green Journal in helping communities find non-lethal solutions to human-beaver conflicts, especially with the use of beaver deceiver flow devices to prevent flooding.
Beavers As Partners is a campaign to raise awareness of the critical role that beavers play in restoring healthy landscapes, through their construction of rich wetlands. These unique ecosystems are vital for flood and drought reduction, habitat for numerous wildlife species, and regulation of climate by replenishing atmospheric water cycles. Unfortunately beavers are attracted to the sound of water flowing through culverts and their engineering projects can sometimes cause flooding of roads, etc. Nonlethal management has been shown to be more cost-effective, due to the reduced likelihood of new beavers returning, as well as ecologically beneficial.