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Beavers no boon

The Spokesman-Review

Why beavers (“A beaver boon,” Sept. 13)?

Beavers are no friends to trees and shrubbery. In Wenatchee, our Boy Scouts helped put wire barriers around trees and saplings at Lincoln Rock State Park. Beavers were marching onto private and public lands eating/tearing/girdling every tree in sight! They made Fish and Wildlife crazy!

Once we drove from Cimarron to Taos, N.M., along a gorgeous mountain road. All at once, an area of devastation – trees broken off, dead, flooding, rotting vegetation, swamp, smelly, mosquitoes. Cause of the mess? Beavers! Jeff Foxworthy says they bite!

So why beaver reintroduction into our area? This goes along with the top goals of the state Department of Ecology’s shoreline management plan: to ensure no net loss of wetland functions, value and quantity as a result of land-use activities and establish a long-term goal of measurable gain of wetlands function and value.

No more habitation of “wetlands” by evil humans and nothing will expand government wetlands faster than endangered beavers. Do you want this?

Cindy Zapotocky

Spokane


 

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