Beaver Policy on Open Space Property

On Town Open Space land, we, the Open Space Commission, will allow beaver activity to continue as long as it does not threaten critical infrastructure or private property. We can use non-lethal means to control the activity and not allow or resolve conflicts with human activity and retain the benefits in our midst. We understand that private homeowners may need to deal with beaver activity on their own land, but, on the Town of Old Lyme Open Space land we will continue to protect the natural habitat and ecological functions for which they were purchased. We will pursue a strategy of accommodation with public recreation and education and encouragement of passive uses such as walking, hiking and other activities that bring people into closer contact with the natural world.

Approved July 12, 2019

Revised July 31, 2019