All Terrain Vehicle Damage
Snowmobiles often cross the property in winter, leaving ruts in creek banks. For many years, they have used Tide Creek as a route to Pigeon Lake when the water is frozen. ATV damage is apparent from 2007 to the present time. ATVs compact soil in meadows and erode creek banks. The ATV owners cut a wide trail 800m long across the entire property, a gross violation of property rights and natural values. They also destroyed a fence built in 2013 and tossed it into the creek. It was noticed that the water level in the largest pond on Tide Creek that extends up Beaver Creek was high enough in 2013 that ATVs could not cross Beaver Creek. This inspired an idea that beaver could help combat the ATVs by building the dam higher. The problem is that near Tide Creek they have already cut down all of the aspen within a safe distance (for them) from the creek. So in October of 2013 DW cut some 8 to 10 cm diameter aspen in a grove farther from the creek and dragged them down to the pond, placing the cut stems in the water. The next day the aspen were gone! They are being incorporated into the dam, the lodge, and winter food supply.