35th Wffc Bih 2015

World Fly Fishing Championship 2019

To fix salmon streams, leave it to beavers

To fix salmon streams, leave it to beavers


– There we go.
(engine rumbles) Hey Buddha, just stay where
you are for a sec. – He’s big.
– He is big. That’s an adult. Yeah, you’re okay, bud. They’re a lot smarter than
we give them credit for. A lot of people see them
as a vermin because they’re a rodent but they’re
smarter than we think. I manage the Tulalip
Beaver Project. It’s a program where we trap
animals that are considered nuisance and relocate them
up to Forest Service land on the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie
National Forest. We have had instances where
a tree has been taken out by a beaver that’s
taken out a power line that’s fallen on someone’s roof. In that case, we’re like, okay, that’s a nuisance animal and
that should be relocated. So right now, we’re on
Battle Creek Golf Course on the Tulalip Reservation on hole 10. (laughs) We’re using beavers as tools
for salmon restoration. Salmon are a subsistence
resource for the Tulalip Tribe so we’re trying to
enhance their numbers. They’re significantly declining
in the Puget Sound region right now which is of big
concern with all of the human development and impacts
of climate change so we’re using beavers
to try and reverse some of those effects. So when you put a
beaver in a stream, it builds dams and those
create deep, cool pools that are good rearing
habitat for fish. Primarily they way that we
determine whether a beaver is a male or a
female is by scent. Smells like motor
oil if it’s a male and if it’s a female, it’s
kinda like blue cheese. Consensus? – Boy. – It’s a male. – [Woman] Okay, let’s
get him out of here. – [Molly] Okay. Got him. One, two, three. Previous to 2017, beaver
relocation was actually illegal in Western
Washington so this project was operated under
the sovereign rights of the Tulalip tribes
to enhance fish habitat. It’s important because there’s
so many negative effects of climate change that
we’re seeing in this region and because people think of
this as a pristine region, I think those effects
are seen more evident, especially in these
natural places. If we weren’t doing this work there would be many
more beavers euthanized. Due in part to the
previous beaver bill, it was mandated that private
and commercial trappers euthanize beavers on site. So previously a land owner
would call a private trapper, they’d come trap and
kill those animals. For the past couple of years,
we’ve been the only nonlethal beaver removal option
for land owners. (peaceful music) We find that beavers
are worth much more in the restoration costs
that they can provide than as a pelt.

2 thoughts on “To fix salmon streams, leave it to beavers

  1. Beautifully shot. Kudos Ms. Hoffman. I'm wondering if they find that these beavers remain in the area around where they are released.

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