NC Beaver Management Assistance Program Back in Henderson County
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Beginning July 1, 2022, Henderson County residents will have the opportunity to take advantage of the USDA Wildlife Services and NC Wildlife Resources Commission Beaver Management Assistance Program (BMAP) for the first time in several years.
The county has funded the program for the coming year to make it accessible to those having problems with the pesky critters. BMAP is designed to help manage problems caused by beaver on private and public lands. Due to practical and ecological considerations, the program’s goal is to address specific beaver damage problems rather than to eliminate beaver from North Carolina.
BMAP-related beaver removals account for about 17% of total known annual beaver harvest (including regulated trapping and damage-related removals), and about 0.5% of the total beaver population annually.
BMAP service providers use an integrated approach, in which a combination of methods (some lethal, some non-lethal) may be used or recommended to reduce beaver damage. The program places first priority on issues that threaten public health and safety, and secondly on assistance to landholders experiencing beaver damage.
Henderson County contributed the required $6,000 to participate in the program for the coming year. Landholders in participating counties gain access to assistance at a reduced cost-share rate or may receive free training on beaver management techniques if they are willing to perform the work themselves.
To request assistance, landholders must:
• Request assistance with beaver damage management through the county representative or directly through WS personnel assigned to that area.
• Sign a cooperative service agreement (CSA) and a work initiation document giving written permission for WS to conduct this work on their lands.
• Provide funds according to the CSA for work conducted by WS personnel. Landholder cost-share fees are $25 per visit (up to 15 visits per year) and $125 per dam removed.
An initial consultation is provided free of charge. Landowners are also provided guidance on addressing beaver damage themselves at no charge.
BMAP activities are guaranteed for 30 days following the completion of a project. If a problem recurs within the guarantee period, the project is reworked at no additional charge.
The contact person for Henderson County this year is Aaron Jones. He can be contacted at 828-558-7217 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or feel free to contact N.C. Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center at 828-697-4891 for more information or help in getting assistance.