Beaufort County announces new resource to help landowners with beaver damage

BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – One county here in the east has a new resource for landowners needing help with beaver damage management on their property.

Beaufort County says its commissioners decided to join the North Carolina Beaver Management Assistance Program in May. NC Wildlife Resources Commission and USDA Wildlife Services are in charge of BMAP.

The program lowers the cost of beaver damage management services for landowners. That includes cost-shared rates of $25 per visit for up to 15 visits a year, $150 per dam removed, guidance on addressing beaver damage and an initial consultation that’s free.

BMAP replaces the Beaufort County Beaver Bounty Program, according to the county. That program began in 2004 and saw a steady decline in participation over the years.

The Beaufort Soil and Water Conservation District’s board of supervisors agreed to move forward with the program in March.

Beaufort County commissioners agreed to give the annual $6,000.00 participation fee for the 2024-2025 year.

Any residents in Beaufort County interested in the program’s services can contact the soil and water conversation district office at (252)946-4989 ext. 3 or email Ann Williams or Nathaniel Woolard. They can be reached at [email protected] and [email protected].