Sometimes, a beaver’s actions come in conflict with human use of a landscape. Fortunately, there are solutions. Properly installed mitigation measures such as tree fencing and flow devices to minimize flooding, and education and outreach can help promote positive attitudes about beaver, water quality, water quantity, and habitat for other species such as fish and amphibians. 

Good news, Defenders of Wildlife can help you with your beaver conflicts! We will work with you to design mitigation actions that will work on your lands, and we will even reimburse you for 50 percent of the cost—up to $500! For more information, contact us!

Defenders’ Aquatic Biologist Aaron Hall talking about living with beaver:

Defenders’ Beaver Incentive Program 

Beaver Fencing Guidelines

The program is currently only available in Colorado.

Participating in the program is simple: 

  1. Plan your project. Contact Defenders before starting, we can help you plan and can provide technical advice on design and materials specific to your project. For flow devices such as pond levelers and culvert protectors, you must contact Defenders prior to purchase and installation to ensure your materials and design will comply with our reimbursement requirements. 
  2. Once you complete your project, submit the form and required supporting documentation (receipts, pictures) to obtain your reimbursement. Download the brochure here.

Links and other resources:

Beaver Institute

Beaver Deceivers LLC

USFWS: The Beaver Restoration Guidebook

Wildlife and Wild Places