Tracker Pixel for Entry

​Beavers: Positively Important

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Outdoors | April 20th, 2016

by Nina E. Berg

A handful of Fargo residents have voiced concerns about our Red River beavers and their activity, but what some may view as destruction is actually very beneficial environmentally. Beavers are considered a keystone species, meaning that they are essential for a healthy and balanced ecosystem.

While most Fargo residents seem to enjoy the productive little critters, others are labeling them as "destructive" and "pests". Attaching a negative stigma to such an important animal is dangerous and unfair.

Using such damaging words to describe these animals not only hurts the beavers and all the lifeforms that beavers support, but ourselves as well.

When beavers take down older trees, it allows for the sun to reach the ground below the tree and helps various other types of plants and trees to grow.

While we might not appreciate the beavers taking down specific trees, there are solutions that are proven to work that can protect those trees without harming any other life. Fencing, tree painting, and repellents can be effective ways to prevent beaver activity.

Some communities have found alternatives to destroying beaver dams, such as designing a PVC pipe drainage system that goes under and through unwanted dams.

When beavers build dams, they are trying to prevent water from leaving their habitat. Sometimes this can cause flooding, but usually beaver dams are beneficial to many kinds of species. Beaver dams contain water in one area, which creates wetlands. Dams help filter water, improve water quality, trap nutrient-rich sediment that provides nourishment for some animals, and slow water flow, allowing life downstream to flourish. You will find a larger variety of flora and fauna where there are beavers, as many of these species rely on beaver activity.

While it may seem that using lethal traps is the easiest and cheapest way to deal with beavers, it is cruel and ineffective. There is no way to prevent other types of animals who are not targeted from ending up in the trap instead. Also, chances are the beavers in that area are already pretty well established. It is better to leave the already established animals in the area than to disrupt the balance there. Beaver culling can actually stimulate their population, and rogue beavers may move into the area and try and establish their own territories, taking more trees to build their own dens.

If we see destroying animals as the solution to our problems, we learn to see other animals as enemies instead of important members of our environment. We detach ourselves further from the interconnectedness of nature. We lose our understanding of how nature works and we put our own trivial needs and desires above all other forms of life. We forget that all life is interdependent, as if we were removed from the cycles of life; as if the human species can do no wrong, as long as someone is turning a profit. As if other animals are responsible for all the destruction on this planet and human actions are somehow pardoned because we believe we are entitled to everything the Earth has to offer.

It's up to us to cohabit in a peaceful manner so that we may learn how we can benefit each other.

This May, the Beaver Backers of Fargo will be gathering in a community conservation effort that will allow us to protect the beavers while protecting certain trees from beaver activity.


If you would like more information on this project please send an email to: and join our Facebook event "Beaver Backers Paint Trefoil Park", and “like” our Facebook page "Beaver Backers". If you would like to donate to help buy supplies for this project, please visit



Tracker Pixel for Entry HPRONLINE Tracker Pixel for Entry HPR Sales Tracker Pixel for Entry HarborHealthClinic Tracker Pixel for Entry TAK

Recently in:

FARGO — In some places across the state the words Planned Parenthood are spoken as curse words, but the facts say differently: abortions are down, young women are finding information and assistance, and the poor can afford to plan…


​Healing Arts Revolution

by HPR Contributor

By Kris Gruberperriex1@gmail.comGraduating from Sister Rosalind Gefre Massage and Wellness Center, Amy Wasvick has spent 10 years practicing Healing Arts. Her areas of expertise include Essential Oil, Cupping, Swedish,…

Thursday, November 14, 6-7 p.m.The Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave.N, FargoAn evening of conversation with multimedia artist Brad Kahlhamer and sculptor Aaron Spangler. Kahlhamer works with a range of media from sculpture and…


Have a little respect

by HPR Contributor

By Waylon Hedegaardretiringwithcats@gmail.comDoes everyone find Facebook disturbing nowadays? Oh, I don’t mean the creepy way when after you search for a product, ads for that product are suddenly everywhere like bed bugs. Nor do…

President Donald J. Trump: ‘A Picasso of Pettiness, A Shakespeare of Shit’I am a fan of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, an immigrant from India. He is one of the many reasons I don’t bother going to “Christian” churches on Sunday…

To say that this year’s Bartenders Battle was the best display of talent in the six years since its creation would be an understatement and a disservice to not only the bartenders who made it into the competition, but also the…

All About Food

​Out to lunch

by HPR Contributor

By Jill Finkelsonjsfinkelson99@gmail.comSchool lunch has been in the news lately. There have been stories from around the country about the mounting debt and how school’s have been dealing with it. Michaela Schell and Chris…

The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-2020 season is already underway. The first concert of the season, which showcased Gustav Holst’s well-known and loved “The Planets” premiered to a sold-out audience. The first…

Fans of Robert Eggers’ brilliant feature debut “The Witch” have been waiting impatiently for “The Lighthouse,” and while the filmmaker decidedly avoids any kind of sophomore slide, the new movie will probably not attract…


​31 drawings in 31 days

by Sabrina Hornung

Each October a number of drawing challenges appear across social media. Think 31 drawings in 31 days. The original Inktober challenge was started in 2009 by artist Jake Parker to boost his drawing and inking skills. Since then…


​Razor Sharp Theatre

by HPR Contributor

By Scott Eckernotharrisonford@gmail.comTheatre is something that takes a lot of work from a lot of people. This is something that is easy to forget while watching a good play. Great theatre is immersive. The script, acting and…

Stand-up comedy is traditionally a one-way exchange. Outside of the odd question addressed to a random audience member, the limit of the spectators’ contribution to the conversation is their laughter at the comedy stylings being…

The famous 20th century Southern writer William Faulkner quipped, “Civilization begins with distillation.” Technically one brews beer instead of distilling it, but the sentiment still holds true. Fargo is no stranger to the…


Yoga on the Farm

by Ryan Janke

Every Thursday evening during the month of June, Mara Solberg is inviting people to come out and try Yoga on the Farm. It is a unique yoga experience that was born from an idea that was proposed to Solberg.“I’ve been with Red…

by Devin Joubertdevinlillianjoubert@gmail.comIt’s that beautiful time of the year that’s filled with seasonal decorations, sparkly lights, warm family gatherings, and delicious feasts. I love everything about this time of the…

By William Southworthwsouthwo@cord.eduThe United Kingdom has a new boss. Considered to by some to be a British counterpart to Trump, Boris Johnson is riding a wave of political discontent with a can-do attitude and bubbly stage…