Lorinne Anderson wrote:Why not just use the dam itself as your bridge?
Lorinne Anderson wrote:Assuming it is not something you need to cross with groceries and infants ten times a day I have regularly walked atop beaver dams. They are master engineers, quickly repair (literally overnight) any low spots or breaches, and short of a taut line strung as a handrail should more than work as it's own "bridge" with out the addition of upright supports or boards.
John C Daley wrote:I purchased a book recently which talks about reintroducing beavers to areas save the area.
I have not read it yet. BUT, It may have information about working with them.
I think lowering the water level is something the beaver may not cooperate with.
So perhaps get the book
I did research ' loving with Beavers' and it is very interesting
Here is one
living with Beavers
Walking over the dam seems impossible looking at the images, but I guess if you have, that great. I guess you could add planks etc??
Travis Johnson wrote:After hearing a bit more what you are going to do on the other side of the pond, and seeing the photo (it looks just like a beaver dam I have actually), I think you have a sound plan.
When we were kids we were playing soldiers and my foster brother suggested we slither through the mud like my father did in Vietnam. We got into the mud and found it was only a few feet deep. It just looked 20 feet deep and miserable.
I think building the bridge you showed, the way you described on the ice, would work. IF you were going to be gardening on the other side or something, we would be having a different conversation, but a crossing to hunt...I think you got a solid plan. I would help you build it if I lived closer. Sounds like a fun project.
Lorinne Anderson wrote:Trimming up lower branches of dead trees may be simpler, safer and better encourage wildlife diversity.
If the standing trees in the pond are removed, the remaining stumps could be a serious hazard, down the road, for boating/snowmobiling, not to mention the danger of removing them (chainsaw+boat???). Further, the dead trees provide "cover" and nesting sites for a multitude of wildlife both flora and fauna.
I suggest the safer alternative would be a pole trimmer to strategically remove lower branches that are in danger of obstructing your view. The pond itself would be healthier and the wider amount of wildlife attracted the better the hunting should be.