Story Behind The Beavers
It has been previously noted that
lies in the conversion area between the
and the Sandhills. In some instances that can be a benefit and in others it may
be a liability. However, in the case
of beavers, it is certainly a positive. Piedmont
streams gather momentum as they flow toward the flat ground lying to the east.
When these streams reach the Sandhills they gradually slow down and
disperse that momentum into shallow, slow moving waters.
This area in particular is ideal habitat for beavers.
They can build their woody dams, back up the slow moving streams, and
gorge themselves on the shallow water vegetation that results.
The beauty of a beaver pond is certainly dependant upon the eye of the
beholder. Beavers are one of those
few animals that fall into the love/hate dilemma.
That is, you either love them or hate them.
People who love beavers appreciate their backwaters for the habitat they
provide for waterfowl, benefits to water quality and flood control capabilities.
Ironically, the other side also cites beavers for their flooding
capabilities. In addition, they
detest the loss of trees and potential loss of economic use of their land.
Beavers are a native species to
. They were here long before we
were. However, due to the value
placed upon their pelts populations quickly began to decline as settlers sought
to capitalize on this abundance. By
the late 1800ís beavers were rarely seen.
Finally, in 1897 the last native beaver was believed to have been
. After several decades without
beavers, the state decided to restock a few and see how it they would do.
Twenty nine beavers were brought in from
and released onto what is now the
. From there, and with additional
stockings, beavers have spread throughout the
and Coastal Plains. Only the
mountainous counties of our state can claim to be without beavers.
So, regardless of your affinity for them, beavers are here and donít
seem to being going anywhere any time soon.