In late May of 2014, APFA's team headed to Northern Ontario to provide expertise to a landowner concerned about beavers on his property. The municipality had long been using lethal and destructive means to control beaver populations, keep culverts clear and prevent flooding. APFA came to town with solutions.
On a public road, an exclusion fence was built to prevent beavers from damming at a site that had caused flooding in the past. This simple solution took less than three hours for one person to build and install and was made with supplies found at any hardware store or municipal works lot.
Not far from this public site, a large dam had been created on private property by a beaver family. The municipality feared that it could lead to major flooding causing infrastructure damage and public safety issues. APFA had a solution for that, as well. Utilizing a section of the dam that had been blown out, we installed a pond leveller. Again, this device was affordable, made from simple materials and could last as long as 15 years.
APFA absorbed the cost of the trip and the construction of these devices, with the municipality providing some of the materials. The devices will remain in place for years to come, and beavers will be able to remain in their current locations, reducing the amount of tree damage and other related concerns.
The municpality will also have working examples of two, easy-to-build flow devices that they can then use in the future.