I was so pleased to read about the responsible and proactive Dam and Pond Committee of Ayer and their plan for management of interdependent ponds. This kind of strategic city planning saves taxpayer dollars and allows for a greater overview of the role of beaver-created wetlands in your community.
I understand there is a question of training a local beaver officer and I wanted to make sure you were aware of the helpful DVD offered by beaver solutions teaching step by step pond management. In addition, our city prepared a subcommittee report on beaver management to address issues of pond height and liability which you may find helpful.
There is a growing body of research saying that even urban beavers can improve the environment significantly by increasing and diversifying bird and fish populations. In fact, their restorative benefits are often investments in a community watershed that pay for themselves many times over by improving steam complexity, trapping silt and sedimentation, increasing biodiversity and raising the water table.
Good luck with your excellent endeavor, and feel free to contact us if you need any further information.
HEIDI PERRYMAN, Ph.D.
president and founder
Worth A Dam