Beaver Lake beavers part of the solution

The media is quickly tuning into the dire environmental situation at Stanley Park’s Beaver Lake. According to an article in the Times Colonist, the ecologically important lake will be completely filled by sediment by 2020, unless action is taken, and soon.

It is good to see so many individuals – and the media – reporting on this important topic. Protection of natural ecosystems is paramount to not only our environment, but our own health. Two community meetings are set for November 21 and November 23 to bring the public up to speed and present possible solutions.

There is, however, one note of concern for APFA. In the Times Colonist article it is noted that “Complicating the restoration plan is the return of beavers to Beaver Lake, five of them in all. On one hand, the open water that does exist in Beaver Lake is maintained by the beavers around their lodge. But the industrious rodents also continually dam the outflow creek in an effort to further flood the lake, threatening the blue-listed cutthroat trout, a vulnerable species that needs steady water flow to survive.”

We’re hoping that the powers-that-be in charge of this project will keep the beavers safe; they are, after all, saving what is left of the lake. If there is a concern of drainage, APFA is standing in the wings, ready to offer our full resources in providing components of our Beaver Coexistence program, which includes the installation of flow devices, training for staff and general awareness and education.

Our coexistence programs are offered to municipalities at no charge, and it is only through generous donations of our supporters that we are able to continue it, year after year, and keep saving beaver families across Canada.

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