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Sunday, April 4. 2021
Large natural fresh-water ponds with marshes are scarce in the northeast US. If you know of one, where is it and what is it like? I've seen a few in MA, but most were post-glacial and have since filled in as bogs or wetlands or grass, if not trees.
With the return of the beaver populations, fresh habitat is available for all of these critters. I like man-made marshes too.
Funny - I've never seen a Mallard in a tree before.
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Mallards in trees? We have a pair that comes back every year
that perch on the roof for short periods until they nest.
Beaver, when I lived in Vermont it is a love hate affair. They are loved if they dam areas that is acceptable to the nature lovers.
If they dam a area that might block a "critical steam"LOL, out comes the backhoe, bye beavers.
A warning to flat landers, when in beaver areas drive with caution, they are not small, hitting one could make you lose
control of you vehicle.
The Lumnahs of Youtube's Lumnah Acres had two beaver ponds on the property they recently bought. No more beavers there...
I think we can all agree our government often reaches out far beyond its capacity. If Democrats had their way, they would have their hands in every aspect of our lives.
We already see this in Democrat-run states, such as the example below.
The local government spotted activity it deemed to be illegal on a citizen’s property, so the government reached out to him demanding he correct these actions immediately. What the government did understand, though, was that the activity they deemed to be illegal was merely nature taking its course.
The letter sent to this man is below, as well as his reply, which is absolutely epic.
To fully appreciate his response, be sure to read the government’s letter to him, which is featured in full below (his response letter follows).
STATE OF MICHIGAN
Reply to: GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT OFFICE STATE OFFICE BUILDING 6TH FLOOR
350 OTTAWA NW GRAND RAPIDS MI 49503-2341
JOHN ENGLER, Governor
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
HOLLISTER BUILDING, PO BOX 30473, LANSING MI 48909-7973
RUSSELL J. HARDING, Director
Mr. Ryan DeVries 2088 Dagget Pierson, MI 49339
Dear Mr. DeVries:
SUBJECT: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023-1 T11N, R10W, Sec. 20, Montcalm County
It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:
Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond. A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity. A review of the Department’s files show that no permits have been issued.
Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws annotated. The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris dams and flooding at downstream locations. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all unauthorized activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the strewn channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31. Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff. Failure to comply with this request, or any further unauthorized activity on the site, may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action. We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter.
Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.
David L. Price
District Representative Land and Water Management Division
Here is the actual response sent back by Mr. DeVries:
Dear Mr. Price:
Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N, R10W, Sec 20; Montcalm County
Your certified letter has been handed to me to respond to. You sent out a great deal of carbon copies to a lot of people, but you neglected to include their addresses. You will, therefore, have to send them a copy of my response.
First of all, Mr. Ryan DeVries is not the legal landowner and/or contractor at 2088 Dagget, Pierson, Michigan — I am the legal owner and a couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood “debris” dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, nor authorize, their dam project, I think they would be highly offended you call their skillful use of natural building materials “debris.” I would like to challenge you to attempt to emulate their dam project any dam time and/or any dam place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no dam way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.
As to your dam request the beavers first must fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity, my first dam question to you is: are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers or do you require all dam beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request? If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, please send me completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits. Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws annotated.
My first concern is — aren’t the dam beavers entitled to dam legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said dam representation — so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer. The Department’s dam concern
that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event causing dam flooding is proof we should leave the dam Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling them dam names. If you want the dam stream “restored” to a dam free-flow condition — contact the dam beavers — but if you are going to arrest them (they obviously did not pay any dam attention to your dam letter-being unable to read English) — be sure you read them their dam Miranda rights first.
As for me, I am not going to cause more dam flooding or dam debris jams by interfering with these dam builders. If you want to hurt these dam beavers — be aware I am sending a copy of your dam letter and this response to PETA. If your dam Department seriously finds all dams of this nature inherently hazardous and truly will not permit their existence in this dam State — I seriously hope you are not selectively enforcing this dam policy, or once again both I and the Spring Pond Beavers will scream prejudice!
In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their dam unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green, and water flows downstream. They have more dam right than I to live and enjoy Spring Pond. So, as far as I and the beavers are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more dam elevated enforcement action now. Why wait until January 31? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then, and there will be no dam way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them then. In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention a real environmental quality (health) problem: bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the dam beavers alone. If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! (The bears are not careful where they dump!) Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.
Stephen L. Tvedten
Now that is how you tell the “dam” government to stay out of your business!
There are countless fresh water ponds and marshes in the Pinelands of southern New Jersey. Most of them are what you might call recovering cranberry bogs. Sometimes after a heavy rain, one of the old spillways will blow and a pond will drain. The beavers then get busy and repair it, because they want to preserve the value of their real estate. In some places the beavers have become so plentiful that the locals describe them as "out of control".
Large natural fresh-water ponds with marshes are not scarce in Maine.
If you want bogs,check out where the Indians lived. Bogs support far more wildlife than forests. Look at a topo of the
surroundings of the Passamaquoddy reservations.
Old Town ME contains a reservation. It sits at the south side of a 30 x 20 mile rectangle that is largely bogs. You can visit the Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
Penobscot County alone may have more bog area than Rhode Island has dry land.
I worked a lot in the northern forests, what are called "beaver meadows" are beaver ponds that had aged and filled in and become large vegetated open areas. Keep your eyes open crossing them, there's often water underneath and thin spots and holes.
I have a fond memory of slogging through the bush at the peak of fly season, clouds of stinging deerflies and horseflies around our heads, and coming out into a beaver meadow where hundreds of red dragon flies rose up and whirled around us feasting on the flies, in moments there were no more flies, zilch, nada, gone.
I called in to work today because I'm pretty much waking up every morning with anxiety about the state of the country and world at large. I'm going to drive out to Ashintully Gardens today to get some peace of mind.
I love New England.