Our new “Safe Roads Initiative”
In my previous blog, “How To Protect Roads AND Beavers” I described how beaver dammed road culverts are a huge problem across North America. So there is a tremendous need to give local, state and federal Highway Departments the tools they need to better manage beavers.
If every at-risk road culvert in this country was properly protected from beaver damming; taxpayers, road crews, beavers, biodiversity, water storage and watersheds would all benefit.
To make this vision a reality the Beaver Institute, Inc. is proud to announce our first nationwide program, called the “Safe Roads Initiative”. This program will provide beaver control training and expertise to any interested Highway Department in the country. As funding permits we also hope to help Highway Departments pay to install these devices. To assist them, we also plan to train other interested people to professionally install successful culvert protective devices across the country.
Our Safe Roads Initiative was inspired by the highly successful Nion Robert Thieriot beaver management grant program which jump started flow device road protection in a rural area of Massachusetts where problematic beavers were traditionally trapped and killed. With low-cost, flow device installations being subsidized, Highway Departments were incentivized to try them. They soon discovered for themselves the labor-saving, cost-saving, and infrastructure protecting benefits of these flow devices. As these testimonials and instructional videos show, road crews can save significant time, save money, increase road safety, and improve wildlife passage and stewardship with these proven techniques. Contact us to learn more!
We are currently seeking large funding sources to implement a nationwide subsidized flow devices through the Safe Roads Initiative. This exciting, landmark program has immense potential to help Highway Departments better manage beaver conflicts. If you know of any promising grant sources or funding contacts we would be most grateful to hear from you. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Mike Callahan, President