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LE RETOUR DES CASTORS

HINGE PARK BEGAN TO
LOOK LIKE A SCENE FROM
HINTERLAND WHO'S WHO.
--
LE PARC HINGE A COMMENCÉ À
RESSEMBLER À UNE SCÈNE DE
LA FAUNE DE L'ARRIÈRE-PAYS.

4

The minority strongly believe that beavers
have no place in the park or the city: they
should be removed or relocated to somewhere
more suitable. We've heard them called an
embarrassment to Vancouver's park system.
Most of the concern is about tree loss and
the perceived inaction of the Park Board
to prevent more damage. However, others
are worried about the long-term health of
the beavers in a dense urban area. They've
requested that the beavers be moved to the
Vancouver Aquarium where they could be
"properly" cared for.
Nonetheless, the majority have been
delighted to see wildlife within the heart
of the city. Their specific reasons are more
nuanced. Some, who are enthralled by their
presence, have helped the Hinge Park beavers
to become celebrities with their own Twitter
account; fans visit daily and local daycares
bring troops of small children with hopes of
a glimpse.
Many others support the beavers but
are also concerned about the loss of trees
in the park. The Vancouver Park Board will
be replanting more replacement trees this
spring after a line of new fencing is installed
to provide additional protection. A common
suggestion is that the beavers should be
relocated outside the city. That strategy was
used in the past, but times have changed.
BC Environment no longer issues relocation
permits in the region because there are no
unoccupied sites available in which to release
the beavers. Provincial wildlife managers have

directed us either to adapt to the beavers'
presence or to capture and euthanize them,
something that is not supported by the
Vancouver Park Board.
CONNECTIONS
Since most of the natural areas remaining in
Vancouver are located in parks, the Vancouver
Park Board plays an expanding role in
restoring and managing ecosystems. We are
guided by a city-wide Biodiversity Strategy,
adopted last year, which emphasizes the
importance of providing city residents with
daily access to nature. A quick glimpse of an
otter on an early morning walk to Granville
Island, a neighbourhood sighting of an eagle
nest, or a twittering cloud of kinglets passing
through your yard are all tangible connections
to nature in our increasingly urban world.
The beavers in Hinge Park are one measure
of our success in restoring habitat, and
that, in essence, is the primary goal of the
Biodiversity Strategy.
There is more than the beaver invasion
at the heart of the issue. Can we co-exist
with species like beavers that are messy and
unpredictable in an urban landscape that is by
definition planned, managed and very human?
The much broader question is whether or not
we can tolerate the chaos and complexity
that is fundamental to the function of most
ecosystems. Streams flood, shorelines erode
or accrete, forests age and blow-down,
wetlands fill in; all these things are natural
changes that sustain healthy ecosystems.

5

Beavers may test our patience, but they are
native species that are an essential part of
our landscape. Adapting to beavers is less
about erecting fences to protect trees, and
more about putting aside our traditional
goal of controlling nature. Messiness is an
inherent property of ecosystems that we
need to embrace.
Nick.Page@vancouver.ca

3 + 5 HINGE PARK BEAVERS HAVE BECOME SO
POPULAR THEY HAVE THEIR OWN TWITTER ACCOUNT
4 BEAVER AT LOST LAGOON | 3 + 5 LES CASTORFS
DE HINGE PARK SONT DEVENUS SI CÉLÈBRES
QU'ILS POSSÈDENT UN COMPTE TWITTER RIEN
QU'À EUX 4 CASTOR DE LOST LAGOON
PHOTO 3 + 5 VANCOUVER PARK BOARD 4 SAMUEL MACTAVISH

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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 - cover1
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - cover2
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 3
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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 - PROLOGUE
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - ESSAY | ESSAI
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 22
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 - OPINION
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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 - 53
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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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - THE LAST WORD | LE MOT DE LA FIN
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