Beaver dams provide numerous benefits to our communities. As they rework the landscape, however, there is always potential for conflict. There are many low-cost non-lethal solutions to mitigate beaver damage and still allow us to benefit from their presence.
When beaver ponds grow too large, pond levelers like this one can help limit their size.
Fencing cages like these can protect trees from beaver damage.
Another common problem from beaver activity is flooding around a blocked culvert. Many people have tried to invent a beaver-proof culvert protector. We have learned that a grate in front of a culvert usually just offers beavers a foundation for a dam. A larger culvert may be a better solution. For more information on protecting culverts from beavers, check out this guide created by the US Forest Service.
Also try the links below for more detailed information about the use and installation of beaver mitigation techniques. Mike at Beaver Solutions and Kevin at Swiftwater Design are both Methow Beaver Project cooperators.