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King County manages over 28,000 acres of parks and natural lands, and beavers live in streams and other water bodies across the region. Sometimes the activities of beavers on County land affect adjoining properties.

We held two workshops in the fall of 2019 to find out what it means to our neighbors for the County to be a good neighbor when it comes to beavers.

The workshop objectives were to:

  • Engage with and learn from one another.
  • Learn what it means to our neighbors for the County to be a good neighbor where beavers are concerned.
  • Generate new ideas for means of co-existence.
  • Generate input that will inform County policies and programs regarding beavers.

The resulting report is now available: Good Neighbor Workshops Report and Recommendations. The report describes how we conducted the workshops. It presents both summarized and detailed input we received. And it offers a set of recommendations based on what we heard at the workshops.

As for next steps, the Beaver Working Group will initiate the following actions:

  1. Seek additional engagement opportunities with King County residents to gain more input that will inform the beaver program and beaver management protocols in King County (see Recommendation #11).
  2. Refine internal beaver response protocols and plan to have that work completed by fall 2020 (see Recommendation #2).
  3. Consider potential code changes related to beaver dam management, possibly as part of the Comprehensive Drainage Plan (see Recommendation #7).
  4. Add a “Who to Contact” page to the King County beaver website as well as streamline the information presented by fall 2020 (see Recommendation #3).

Other recommendations to come out of the workshops will be addressed during the 2021-2022 biennium as part of the County’s beaver program.

For questions, email Jen Vanderhoof at jennifer.vanderhoof@kingcounty.gov.

Beaver dam at White River