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Thursday, May 6, 2021: Working Toward a Beaver Management Policy for the Village of Glenview

After our group spoke at the Village of Glenview trustees meeting on Tuesday night, incoming president Mike Jenny responded by reading a statement. I reached out to the Village and received a transcript of his statement from Jeff Brady, who is the Director of Community Development:

"Regarding natural resources, the Village has been an active partner and steward in preserving Glenview’s natural environment. The community has preserved and designated natural environments such as The Grove, Wagner Farm, Gallery Park, Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie and Techny Basin. The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) crafted a Plan for Nature leading to improvements such as riverbank stabilization, local river habitat, and preservation of natural areas. Visit the Village’s website to learn more about past and current NRC initiatives. Regarding wildlife, the Village’s primary focus is to provide public safety, public works and community development services in a financially prudent manner. Intentional Village wildlife interference lies outside of the Village’s core services and in striving to coexist with wildlife inhabiting Glenview, the Village will be relying on Illinois Department of Natural Resource regulations and guidance. This statement delineates the role of Village government and all the information and energy devoted to creating an awareness of these issues is appreciated."

I responded to Jeff right away with the following comments and then forwarded them this morning to Joe Kenney, the Deputy Director of Public Works, and Robyn Flakne, the Natural Resources Director in the Public Works Department. I look forward to their response:

"The statement raises some questions for me. My group is hoping to work with the Village to create a formal beaver management policy for beavers that are discovered to be on land that is owned by the Village of Glenview. We want the policy to reflect scientifically proven best practices in beaver remediation such as the use of flow devices to prevent flooding and the practice of wrapping trees to prevent tree damage, and to formalize an intent to not trap and kill beavers on Village-owned land. Those goals are all consistent with IDNR regulations and guidelines. The IDNR already advises landowners on how to remediate beaver damage and it certainly does not require lethal methods of beaver control.

Also, I'm not exactly sure what the statement means by "Intentional Village wildlife interference." Could you provide a few examples of intentional Village wildlife interference, especially as it would relate to beavers, so I have a better idea of what that phrase might mean?

As far as the Village's focus on provision of services in a financially prudent manner, over the medium term, it is less expensive to install a flow device than it is to repeatedly trap and kill beavers in the same site, because once a site is a proven beaver habitat, it is likely that when you remove one set of beavers, another set will show up. Similarly, our group has expressed a willingness to fundraise to pay for replacement trees needed due to beaver damage, so it should not be a financial burden to develop a policy of coexistence."

So that's what's happening on the Village front right now. We are still waiting for FOIA requests as well.

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