LAC STE. ANNE – Two non-profit organizations shared their knowledge and experience in keeping beavers and landowners happy with a special two-day workshop this week, in collaboration with Lac Ste Anne County.
Co-existence and infrastructure protection the focus of two-day workshop
The Fur-Bearers, a wildlife protection group from Vancouver, in partnership with Cows and Fish taught various other non-profits and municipal staffers how co-existence tools such as pond levellers, and exclusion fences can successfully reduce costs from damming activity, protect infrastructure and land, and keep ecologically beneficial beavers on the landscape.
“We’re extremely happy to be visiting this beautiful part of Alberta to provide some in-field training and offer solutions that can benefit everyone, including the animals,” says Adrian Nelson, Direction of Communications and Wildlife Conflict Manager for The Fur-Bearers. “We know that beavers can be frustrating for many landowners, and the solutions we’re presenting can resolve many of those issues – and also ensure that beavers, ecological superheroes, can keep up their helpful work.”
The two-day workshop took place at various locations in Lac Ste. Anne, and included representatives from the Province of Alberta, County of Barrhead, Brazeau County, North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, Leduc County, Red Deer County, Alberta Conservation Association, Beaver River Watershed Alliance, Lakeland Agricultural Research Association, Parkland County, Mistakes Institute, Lac Ste. Anne County, and County of Vermillion River. WWF-Canada’s Loblaws Water Fund was integral to supporting the workshop.
Norine Ambrose, of Cows and Fish, says, “the leadership shown by Lac Ste. Anne County will springboard the use of these skills. Providing realistic, practical tools for management is key. It was a pleasure working with so many keen groups that are going to apply them on lands they manage, or share them with landowners in their areas.”
More about co-existence methods can be found at TheFurBearers.com.