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“Working with the Neighbors” Social Attitudes about Beaver in Coastal Oregon. Beaver Workshop for Transportation Partners 4 December 2013 Karen Fleck Harding, KFH Consulting. “Landowner Incentives and Tolerances for Managing Beaver Impacts in Oregon” 2011.
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Beaver Workshop for Transportation Partners
4 December 2013
Karen Fleck Harding, KFH Consulting
Mark D. Needham, Ph.D. and Anita T. Morzillo, Ph.D.
Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, OSU
Conducted for and in cooperation with:
80% Beaver can create wetlands and ponds that are important for fish such as salmon.
66% Aware that beavers do not eat fish.
85% Beaver are a sign of a healthy environment.
41% Concerned about spread of diseases by beavers.
The majority (74%) of landowners surveyed were interested in seeing or having beavers on their property or neighboring properties.
20% do not want beaver on their or neighboring property.
78% People should be willing to tolerate some conflicts with beaver.
29% Damage to trees
19% Overflow of a pond, lake or stream
11% Flooding roads or driveways
30% have experienced damage from beavers.
Statewide, less than 37% of those experiencing damage have taken actions to deal with beavers.
Increasing severity of impacts
lethal control (i.e., destroying beavers) & frightening beavers away
No matter how severe the impacts.
Information about how to coexist with beavers and prevent beaver impacts.
Information about the fisheries and ecosystem benefits of beavers.
Members of the Upper Five Rivers Community
With assistance from:
Bio-Surveys & KFH Consulting
Alsea & MidCoast Watershed Councils
Siuslaw National Forest
How do we boost the abundance of
this missing summer and winter habitat?
1) Full spanning wood
2) Ponded habitat
4,000 Coho smolts during winter.
Assure maintenance of protective measures with local capacity and funding to be able to respond in a timely manner.
21 landowners –
18 - okay with beaver – willing to help – support the plan.
2 - concerned about impacts to trees
1 - have enough beaver on their place