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LEAVE IT TO BEAVER

But are beavers welcome in our planned,
managed and tidy cities? In Vancouver,
beavers have colonized parks and golf courses
that have not supported beavers for half a
century. In 2008, a pair of beavers followed
a creek from Burrard Inlet and moved back
into the aptly named Beaver Lake in the heart
of Stanley Park after an absence of more
than 60 years. Now, beavers occupy ponds
and streams in about nine places, including
Jericho Park, Hinge Park, Charleson Park, Lost
Lagoon, Still Creek in east Vancouver, and the
golf courses along the Fraser River. Most of
these sites in Vancouver are connected to the
marine environment rather than the Fraser
River: beavers in coastal BC often use the
ocean for dispersal. Vancouver's beavers likely
followed a colonization route from the Fraser
River, following the shoreline of Point Grey to
seek out ponds and streams along the margin
of English Bay. About 45 beavers now live in
the city.
AT HOME IN THE HEART OF VANCOUVER
There may be no place quite like Hinge Park,
which at once demonstrates the wonder of
having wildlife in the city, and the challenge
of accommodating a large tree-eating
rodent next to waterfront condos, like those
on the south shore of False Creek. Hinge
Park is a small (3.3 ha) neighbourhood park
constructed in 2009 in the lead-up to the
2010 Winter Olympics. Designed by PWL
Partnership and City staff, it is well-loved,
and offers a playground, an interactive water
feature, public art, a community garden,
an off-leash area for dogs, a habitat island
along the shoreline, and a 1,500 square metre
stormwater-fed wetland.
The wetland bisects the park and forms
a lush centrepiece that stands out next to
the surrounding urban landscape. Willows,
Nootka rose, red-osier dogwood and birch
trees thrive in a multilayered riparian zone
along the wetland margin, and cattail marsh
is intermixed with open water areas along the
wetland channel. The park is small but diverse
and has quickly become a hotspot for urban
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biodiversity: Cooper's hawks, red-winged
blackbirds, the secretive and rare green heron,
great blue herons, raccoons and passing flocks
of songbirds now thrive there.
Drawn by the wetland and willow thickets,
a pair of beavers moved into Hinge Park in
early summer, 2015. They quickly started to
build the classic dome-shaped lodge out of
sticks, mud and even boards they scrounged
from the nearby shoreline. Hinge Park
began to look like a scene from Hinterland
Who's Who. Within months, their activities
expanded. They targeted the largest of the
tree willows and the most expensive of the
planted birch trees to build their lodge and
provide food for the winter. A year after
arriving, visitors spotted three beaver kits

learning to swim. Even though wire mesh
protected the trunks of the largest trees, the
growing family meant more vegetation loss in
the wetland, as trees and shrubs were felled
or damaged. Efforts to wrap the trunks of
trees with wire mesh to protect them from
browsing have only been partially successful.
Even with diligent work by Vancouver Park
Board staff, the beavers have found ways
of climbing over or burrowing under to
reach trees.
DUELING CAMPS
Based on emails to the Vancouver Park
Board, media reports and conversations with
residents, the public's response to beavers
in Hinge Park falls into two general camps.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2017

TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
PROLOGUE
ESSAY | ESSAI
Après le désordre vient le beau temps
A Fine Mess
Biophilic City
“I Am the Space Where I Am”
OPINION
Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
Messiness by Intention
CRITIQUE
@landtecanada Taking It With You
THE LAST WORD | LE MOT DE LA FIN
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - ESSAY | ESSAI
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Après le désordre vient le beau temps
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - A Fine Mess
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Biophilic City
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - “I Am the Space Where I Am”
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Messiness by Intention
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - CRITIQUE
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - @landtecanada Taking It With You
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