Purpose of this site


My inspiration for becoming involved with beaver issues arose from the transformation of my own neighborhood wetland meadow into a pond teeming with new diverse life! The close proximity to my home allowed me to more fully experience the amazing changes and to interact with some aspects of the new wild inhabitants on a personal level. From damselflies to herons, tadpoles to trout and muskrats to moose, I have gotten a closer look at many types of animals due to beaver work! Also the beaver themselves were trusting enough to allow me some great observing time! However there were some conflicts that arose with the rising water concerning a poorly located road as well as  some drowning timber. As a result I got an education on road construction, drainage systems, culvert protection, water level control devices and people/communication skills! I feel lucky that there are those before me to draw from such as Sharon and Owen Brown: ( http://www.BeaversWW.org ), Mike Callahan: ( http://www.BeaverSolutions.com, http://www.beaverinstitute.org ), Skip Lisle: ( http://www.beaverdeceiver.com ) and Heidi Perryman / Worth A Dam:( http://www.Martinezbeavers.org ). I hope to be in a position to help resolve conflicts where necessary with proven, economical and effective installed structures or other alternative strategies, and to promote understanding and tolerance of these incredible animals that have evolved to fill a critical role in restoring healthy and diverse habitats. It is also true that beaver created wetlands filter and cleanse sediments and pollutants from streams, recharge aquifers, reduce catastrophic floods and protect against forest fire. They provide the habitat necessary for a large percent of rarer plants and animals and benefit all through increased biodiversity which adds resilience and quality of life to sustain our natural systems! I welcome questions and comments or calls @ (207) 935-3938 or (207) 875-2005


  1. Owen Brown said,

    February 6, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Dear Rick,
    Our web site is: http://www.BeaversWW.org. Not BeaversWetlandsWildlife.org.

    Great blog, I love what you are doing.

  2. May 25, 2013 at 11:13 am

    What an excellent theme for a blog! I’m so excited to hear from you and will definitely link to this website! Welcome to the beaver blogging team!

    Worth A Dam

  3. Sherry Guzzi said,

    May 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Great to see this website – we found Worth a Dam and Beaver Solutions when we started our organization (just a couple years ago) to promote humane and practical solutions for living with beavers. In California we really need the water storage benefits, and here at Lake Tahoe beavers are invaluable for filtering the water going into the Lake. Thanks!
    Sherry at Sierra Wildlife Coalition (@ gmail.com)

  4. October 8, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Congratulations on the installation of your first flow device! It looks like you folks did a great job. I am eager to follow your blog and hear progress reports. It’s wonderful to have you acting as a beaver and environmental advocate. Educating the public about the value of beavers and our interconnectedness is so very important. 🙂
    Mike / http://www.beaversolutions.com

  5. Vanessa Petro said,

    October 20, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Hello there!
    A group of us here in the beaver state are currently working with the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing to be the first in the world to sequence the American beaver genome! Our SeqTheBeav campaign is a crowd-source funded project which ends on October 30th. Would you be interested in helping us get the word out about this amazing opportunity that would benefit the future management and understanding of American Beaver populations worldwide? Information about the campaign and it’s importance can be found at https://create.osufoundation.org/project/619.

    Any assistance with this matter would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks for your time and consideration,
    Vanessa Petro
    Vanessa Petro
    Faculty Research Assistant
    Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society
    Oregon State University
    321 Richardson Hall
    Corvallis, OR 97331
    Office: 541-737-0567
    Cell: 570-204-5855 (preferred)

    • January 11, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Hi Vanessa, Sorry I did not respond sooner to your request, but in fact I am somewhat conflicted as to the value of this type of research vs. more conventional supportive research desperately needed to establish better understandings and protections for beaver and their activities throughout North America. Whereas genetic research has many possibilities for use or abuse such as the irresponsible genetic engineering of food organisms for profit with disregard for ecology and health concerns, what we really need is better documentation of the need for historic beaver influence of our riparian habitats and the importance of their influence across the landscape. This type of research has yet to establish with clarity all the interconnected ways beaver activities benefit biodiversity and make the connections to our healthy ecology, especially since beaver were virtually missing for 100 to 200 years!
      Thanks for your interest, Rick Hesslein, http://www.BeaverBros-ecohumanesystems.com Tel.:(207) 935-3938

  6. awolinsky said,

    August 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    As usual, I am bringing up the rear, behind Heidi, Sherry, and Mike. Great job with the blog.

  7. January 23, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    New Beaver Blog from the Beaver Institute: Coming Soon; 2019 SURCP State of the Beaver Conference: https://www.beaverinstitute.org/beaver-conference-and-beaver-institute-update/

  8. June 11, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Please see more updates and links on my Facebook page: ecosystemengineers.wordpress.com

  9. May 25, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    New beaver site on remote Land Trust Pond and cabin rental: https://www.gllt.org/whitney-pond-cabin

  10. May 25, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    New beaver conflict site slightly affecting access to remote pond cabin rental:

  11. Sara Wright said,

    February 22, 2022 at 9:28 am

    Oh, this is very encouraging – beavers were our first ecologists – we need them around now, more than ever – and we need non – lethal ways of dealing with them when culverts become an issue.

  12. April 29, 2022 at 8:53 am

    Came across this about beavers and climate….


  13. August 7, 2022 at 9:57 am

    BeaverBro here wanting to share link to interview with Dr. Emily Fairfax all about beavers


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