City respects wildlife while protecting trees

GUELPH, ON, Friday, March 16, 2012 – Each winter, beavers living in dams built along the banks of the Speed River and the Eramosa River cause damage to some trees.

There has been more activity by beavers this winter season due to unusually warm temperatures. Unfrozen rivers have resulted in beavers looking for food on land rather than solely eating winter food supplies stored in their dams. Most of this year’s damage has occurred on non-protected trees that have grown naturally from seed or stump sprouts as a result of previous years’ beaver activity.

The City’s goal is to respect the ecological role beavers have while, at the same time, protect significant forest assets and property.

Protecting trees along the rivers occurs for two reasons: first, their size and contribution to the City’s tree canopy and second, their natural attraction to beavers. Trees also play important roles in controlling surface water and soil.

The City works with volunteer groups and residents to install wire mesh around the base of selected trees to keep beavers away, and is seeking their continued involvement to further help with this winter’s beaver activity.

The City sincerely thanks the contribution of volunteers and residents in addressing this matter, and will continue to monitor beaver activity and respond as appropriate to respect wildlife and protect trees.

For more information

Randy Drewery, Supervisor
Forestry, Public Works
T 519-822-1260 x 2010
randy.drewery@guelph.ca