In 2019, the National Wildlife Federation, in partnership with the Clark Fork Coalition and Defenders of Wildlife, launched a pilot project to address human-beaver conflicts using non-lethal mitigation methods. With the ample support of a seasonal staff member housed at Defenders of Wildlife, we’ve sought to build greater tolerance for beavers on the landscape in western Montana, reduce conflicts with beavers, and increase awareness about the many benefits beavers provide for riparian and aquatic health.
Through the Beaver Conflict Resolution Program anyone who is experiencing or have observed a conflict in Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Region 2 area can contact Torrey Ritter (FWP Nongame Wildlife Biologist) or Elissa Chott (Conflict Resolution Technician) to learn more about how to construct devices designed to mitigate beaver conflicts. Examples include culvert fencing devices to prevent beavers from plugging culvert, pond levelers or pipe devices to lower water levels upstream of dams to prevent flooding, and tree fencing to protect mature trees and saplings from cutting.
Watch a pond leveler being installed!
Garrison Pond Leveler from Midwich on Vimeo.
Learn more about this innovative program by watching this additional video, reading our 2019-2022 impact report, and checking out the resources below. You can also contact program manager Elissa Chott at: email@example.com.
Make Way for Beavers – 6/25/20
Good PR for Beavers – 9/2/19
Interning in Conflict Resolution: How do we co-exist with our wildlife neighbors – 8/3/20
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MT FWP) Living With Beaver information sheet
Did You Know?
More than 80% of Montana’s wildlife species rely on beaver-created wetlands for survival!
Slowing Down Streams for Salmon
Beavers and beaver structures help juvenile coho salmon survive and thrive
Beavers and Salmon: An Unexpected Alliance
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Make Way For Beavers
Thanks to a collaborative partnership, expert assistance is now available to public and private landowners seeking non-lethal approaches to manage beaver activity in Montana.
Beavers, Trout, and a Changing Climate
Research seeks to ensure beaver-related stream restoration is a boon rather than a bother for native trout.
Beavers, Water, and Fire—A New Formula for Success
Low-tech stream restoration works wonders for people and wildlife.
How Beavers Boost Stream Flows
After seeing how beavers helped Birch Creek flow again, Idaho rancher Jay Wilde has inspired hundreds of people to try beaver-assisted stream restoration.
Advancing Efforts to Restore Beavers for the Benefit of Montana Watersheds
2020 Strategy Meeting Report and Action Plan
More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. The National Wildlife Federation is on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 53 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.