Ask Joe: Can beaver problem be addressed at Washoe Lake State Park?


The trees are a big part of the scenery at Washoe Lake State Park, and one of our viewers has a question about what can be done to protect them.

One of our viewers wrote in pointing out that many of the trees are being eaten by beavers. She wants to know if there's a plan to address this so that all the trees don't die off.

Here's what I found out:

Our viewer sent us a photo, and we went out to look for ourselves. You can see the bases of the trunks on some of the trees have been eaten away by critters, presumably beavers.

It seems to be a growing problem, probably because of how full Washoe Lake has been since last winter.

Jenny Ramella with Nevada State Parks says there are about 60 trees that have been damaged. So the beavers are out in force.

There is a plan in place to address this issue, and your help is needed. A volunteer work day is planned for Saturday, February 10. The mission is to get out and wrap trees in chicken wire to protect them from being eaten by the beavers.

Here are the details: Saturday, February 10, meet at 10 a.m. at the south end of the lake. Bring gloves, water and wire cutters if you can. They can use all the help they can get.

It should be a big step toward protecting all those trees. If you have questions you can call the park at (775) 687-4319.

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