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Beaver Ambassador in BC Canada

 
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So... I've been considering what is important for me to do in the next 5 years, and I've been toying with the idea of learning all I can about Beavers and becoming a Beaver Ambassador in BC and probably Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. This is not my only goal, however the recent rain, mudslides, road washouts, roads busted, livestock drowned in BC has me thinking that someone needs to do more than write letters to the government. I'm looking for ideas, and I have some already:

Work on creating a partnership with Provincial and maybe Federal Parks to introduce Beaver management to the parks.
Introduce Beavers onto crown land.
Introduce Beavers to the creeks and rivers and streams that were directly linked to the BC problems in the past couple weeks.

Do all of this with thorough analysis of who and where will be affected.
Learn to manage the Beavers - try some of the ideas I've seen in documentaries, to encourage Beavers to build their dam in a specific place.

All I know is that there was some serious damage to life and property in BC. Loss of lives and many broken roads. Someone said the Coquihalla highway broke in half.

https://images.dailyhive.com/20211123095353/Highway-3-Allison-Pass.jpg


https://1wbfk6etuey21ue8l2nt0w83-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/27264061_web1_CP141659617-1024x683.jpg

Duffy lake road mudslide claimed 5 lives:
https://www.vmcdn.ca/f/files/piquenewsmagazine/images/breaking-news/monday-november-15-mudslide-duffey-lake-road-highway-99-between-pemberton-lillooet-bc-floods.jpg;w=680
https://i.cbc.ca/1.6251432.1637429893!/fileImage/httpImage/image.JPG_gen/derivatives/16x9_780/b-c-flood-lillooet.JPG

It is something I either have a few years to work on, or to look at it a different way, I need to figure it out before the next major rainstorm does more unnecessary damage. BEAVERS can help!


 
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This seems like a worthwhile pursuit. Congratulations on finding something that you feel passionate about.
 
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Jeremy VanGelder posted this:

In the interest of talking about things that people can do, in Oregon Beaver Works does a lot to help beavers and increase their habitat. They accept support in the form of donations and volunteering.

Beaver Works

The Beaver Institute trains people in ways to coexist with beavers while reducing flooding. They have a list of organizations that they recommend for consultations, but I don't see any from Canada. And one of them is based on Vancouver Island.

Van Isle Wetlands

https://permies.com/t/170598/threads-helping-natural-disaster-zone#1340702 (this will take you to the live links)
The Vancouver Island fellow implies on his website that he got training from the Beaver Institute, but didn't say anything about how that was arranged. I'm sure he'd tell you if you contacted him.

We need outside-the-box thinking and creativity to get these critters helping us while we learn ways to cope with the downsides. Good Luck!
 
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I wholeheartedly agree with beaver management.  As one who traps for meat, it is a continually source of frustration that laws or cultural prejudices prevent managing the population in a beneficial way for animal and man.
 
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Great idea, well done.
 
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Thanks for the encouragement. And thanks for the Beaver Institute links. They have excellent information there. So far, everywhere I have looked has free information to learn about Beaver Management. I think yes, I could also find things I have to pay for to learn, or travel far to learn, yet I think that through reading and then applying what I've learned to my local areas, I will learn a lot just by doing that. Maybe somewhere down the road I can travel to the USA to attend some live training with the Beaver Institute. Right now that doesn't seem possible. I will talk to the VanIsle Wetlands person and see if maybe I can train with him in Port Alberni, which is far from me, yet not nearly as hard to get to as the United States.
 
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