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Arkansas Natural Resources Commission. Issues that lead to legislation : Damage to crop fields Damage to timber. Conservation District Beaver Control Program. Conservation District Beaver Control Program. Created under Act 630 of 1993

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Arkansas Natural

Resources Commission


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Issues that lead to legislation:

Damage to crop fields

Damage to timber

Conservation District Beaver Control Program


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Conservation District Beaver Control Program

  • Created under Act 630 of 1993

  • Administered by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission through Arkansas’ Conservation Districts

  • Act 1358 of 1997 appropriated $150,000 per for two years

  • CDs will be reimbursed $5 per beaver

  • Beaver harvesters must be certified


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CD Participation

  • To receive money through the Conservation District Beaver Control Program, CDs must submit a District Beaver Control Plan, which complies with the commission’s rules, by September 1 of each year,


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Before harvesting can begin, the commission must approve the district plan which:

  • Designates a beaver control officer

  • Provides that the tails be notched when brought to the officer

  • Sets up a schedule for beaver control officer to submit reports of payments to the harvesters to the district board and for board application for reimbursement

  • Approximates the number of beavers to be harvested within the year


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Allocation of funds by ANRC

  • projected Harvest

  • Funds carried over from prior year

  • other factors to insure fairness and assure funds are expended each year


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Conservation Districts

  • Maintain a list of beaver harvesters in the county

  • Require harvesters certify number of beavers trapped

  • Harvesters are required to identify the landowners they trapped on for each billing.


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CD Participation and Annual Funding Level

  • State - $150,000

  • County - $146,000

  • Other - $ 32,000

  • Total - $328,000

  • 50 conservation districts receive funding for this program in Arkansas.


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Other funding for Conservation District Beaver Control Program

  • County Funding

    - Quorum Court

    - Voluntary Tax

  • Irrigation and Drainage Districts

  • Landownrers


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Bounties Paid by Districts

  • Bounty Number of Counties

  • $5 10

  • $10 30

  • $15 6

  • $20 1

  • $25 3


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Total Funding

Since 1997 the State of Arkansas has funded the beaver control Program at the $2.1 million level (Approximately 420,000 beaver harvested)

  • Counties have expended $2.0 million dollars. Most of these funds have been used to increase bounties.

  • Other funding sources have provided an additional $448,000.

  • It’s hard to estimate what landowners have thrown into the funding mix to get harvesters on their property.


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Summary

  • After 14 years the beaver still causes millions in flood damages to crops and timber each year.

  • However, we have been successful in some areas. Beaver are being controlled enough to keep irrigation ditches open, road ditches unclogged, and major drainage channels free of beaver dams.


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What can be done to improve on our success in the future?

  • What can be done to improve on our success in the future?

  • The allowable bounty for the State needs to be increased from $5 to $10 to increase the incentive for harvesters

  • Additional funding needed. The allocation for this program has stayed the same since 1997.


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Questions

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ANRC

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