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Rotational managed... beaver??

 
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Had this thought this morning

If one could effectively fence beaver put 9f an area, one could use beaver to manage a coppice field by fencing beaver out of say 3/4 -4/5 of the available fodder every year and changing which area was left open to beaver.

In theory. If fencing was effective, they would heavily harvest(or "graze") the available woodland and could be used like livestock are on commercial coppice yards while serving their hydrological needs.

Perhaps population would be controlled through this method as well?

Fencing would be an investment, potentially an ongoing one, especially given rough, wetland terrain of most beaver habitat.

Anywhere, thought I'd share the thought for discussion.
 
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This might be a good idea though first I would check the state laws to see if this could even to done.

Most states have regulations about beavers where they can't be hunted or contained.
 
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I think that getting the beavers to cooperate would be next to impossible. They are tenacious animals and do things their own way.

If you already have beaver and ponds/dams as a natural part of the landscape, you could help the beaver choose which trees to chop down (or not). Parks in my area wrap some trees in a sturdy wire mesh to prevent them from being felled.
 
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The idea isn't to contain the beaver, but to rotationally protect trees, I have seen individual wire cages myself when out and about, though seems prohibitively expensive compared to fencing the area in question

Great thoughts so far:)
 
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