Montana Beaver Conflict Resolution Project

Closeup of swimming beaverIn 2019, the National Wildlife Federation, in partnership with the Clark Fork Coalition and Defenders of Wildlife, launched a pilot project to address beaver conflicts using non-lethal resolution methods. With the able support of a seasonal staff member housed at the Clark Fork Coalition, 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 we select demonstration sites to construct devices designed to mitigate negative effects of beavers.

Examples include:

  • culvert fencing devices to prevent beavers from plugging culverts
  • pond levelers or pipe devices to lower water levels upstream of dams to prevent flooding
  • tree fencing to protect trunks from cutting (mature trees as well as groups of saplings may be protected this way)

Learn more about this innovative program by watching the video, reading our 2019-2020 impact report, and checking out the resources below. You can also contact program manager Elissa Chott at:

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

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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.

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