Rails To Trails Seeks To Cohabitate With Beaver Colony

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FREWSBURG — High waters created by a beaver damn near the Main Street trail head of the Rails To Trails path have delayed the project, but officials say they are working to co-exist with nature’s construction engineers.

Town of Carroll Supervisor Russell Payne told WNYNewsNow that a solution is being sought that will complete the trail without harming the beavers or their habitat.

“I know their still working on trying to solve the high water issues due to the proximity to the beaver damn,” Payne said.

Officials and Department of Environmental Conservation staff are seeking an environmentally friendly solution, he said.

“We want to coexist with the beavers,” Payne said.

The first phase of the project will run from Main Street to Riverside Road and the second phase will from Riverside Road to the Pennsylvania State Line.

Payne said the close proximity to the Audubon Community Nature Center on Riverside Road is a natural tie-in to the trails.

“That is one of the draws and it will bring people into the Town of Carroll as a tourist attraction,” Payne explained. “People want to see wildlife when they are using the trails.”

Efforts to reach Jim Fincher, Chautauqua Rails To Trails director, were unsuccessful.


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