Beaver Control Program

SARM is once again administering the Beaver Control Program (BCP) for the 2016-17 program year.  Funding* for the BCP is provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Federal Government under Growing Forward 2.

* No funds shall be disbursed by SARM until the proposed budget for this fiscal year has been approved by the Provincial Government.

Beavers and the structures they create are a concern in agricultural areas as they can lead to the flooding of property and roads. Beaver dams cause the flooding of croplands which can have a negative financial impact on producers, and block culverts causing the obstruction of waterways. A washed-out road is a public safety issue, with economic impacts. The beavers involved in this sort of damage are defined as problem beavers and are the focus of the Beaver Control Program (BCP).

The Beaver Control Program began in 2011 with SARM administering Provincial funds. The purpose is to provide financial assistance to rural municipalities (RMs) and First Nations Bands (FNBs), south of the Northern Administrative District, to control the beaver population in their respective jurisdictions. The Province reimburses $15.00 per adult problem beaver for the RM or First Nations Band who provides a $30.00 or more per removal of each problem beaver. Funding for the 2016/17 program in the amount of $500,000 is provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Federal Government under Growing Forward 2.

Key Dates 

March 1, 2016 - February 14, 2017 - eligible timeframe for beaver removal.

May 31, 2016 - program application form due to SARM.

June 30, 2016 - by this date SARM will notify RMs and First Nations Bands of approvals and initial minimum eligibility amount.

February 15, 2017 - deadline for submitting claim form(s) to SARM.

March 31, 2017 - final funding dispersal date.

If the deadline to submit an application or claim form falls on a statutory holiday or weekend the deadline would move to the next business day.

FAQs

Q: Do we have to pay a $30 per beaver tail or can we pay less and receive a lower grant?

A: In order to qualify for the grant, you must pay a minimum of $30 per beaver tail until the maximum amount of BCP funding has been used. Once the funding cap has been reached, you can lower your bounty if you wish. Dependent on funds remaining at the end of the program year, you could receive further funds up to 50% coverage but not more.

Q: Can we designate all ratepayer/band members or only certain individuals?

A: You may designate whoever you wish.

Q: If our RM/FNB participated last year, do we need to pass a new resolution to participate in 2015/16?

A: Yes.

Q: Do we need to report the exact location of where the problem beaver was removed? Why?

A: The legal land description will suffice, for example, 30 beavers removed from NE 6-16-8-2, NW 22-18-10-2 and Section 34-18-10-2. This information is necessary as a component of SARM's reporting requirement to the federal government.

Q: Can we claim beavers removed from outside our RM boundaries?

A: Yes. If you are willing to pay for beavers removed from outside your boundaries, you will still be reimbursed. We simply ask for the actual land location where the beaver was removed.

Q: How can we make sure beaver tails are not being counted more than once?

A: Each tail should be notched or painted to ensure they are counted only once.

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