Effective Beaver Management-Berlin

Date: 9/20/2022 7:30 AM - 9/20/2022 2:30 PM

Location: Berlin Municipal Building
23 Linden Street

Berlin, Massachusetts




Course Description

Culverts under siege by persistent beaver damming? Roads being flooded and town residents exasperated?  This workshop will cover beaver behavior, best management practices, and Massachusetts regulations and permitting process.  Learn about pond-leveler pipes and culvert protection strategies.  Includes afternoon site visits for hands-on location-specific analysis.  Dress for the elements!

Target Audience
This workshop series is geared for DPW/Highway Department personnel and anyone interested in learning how to manage beaver impacts on culverts, roadways and communities.

*Please be prepared for class day weather conditions - for the field portion of the training.

Accommodations for Disabilities: UMTC endeavors to provide an inclusive learning environment for all. If you require special services or arrangements to fully participate in this workshop, please contact Stephanie Cottrell at scottrell@umass.edu or 413-800-2655 as soon as possible to discuss reasonable accommodations for your access needs.

First Name Affiliation
Jim Town of Berlin
Richard Town of Sudbury
John Town of Shrewsbury
Tom Town of Berlin
Brendon Town of Berlin
David Town of Westborough
Tamsin Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG)
Michael Town of Savoy
Chris Town of Westborough
Adrian Town of Berlin
Andrew Town of Savoy
David Town of Sudbury
  • Mike Callahan
    President at Beaver Institute, Inc.

    Michael Callahan is the founder of the Beaver Institute Inc. He received a B.A. from St. Michael’s College and worked for 20 years as a Physician Assistant providing medical care to under-served populations. He began working with beavers in 1998 after founding the Pioneer Valley Wetland Volunteers with his wife Ruth. In 2000 he started his business Beaver Solutions LLC and has personally resolved over 1,500 beaver-human conflicts. His clients include over 70 municipal highway departments and MassDOT. He has gained an international reputation as a leader in innovative beaver management. He teaches beaver workshops, started the online Beaver Management Forum on Facebook, and created instructional materials though which he and the Beaver Institute teach others how to cost-effectively manage beavers.