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A Merry Christmas video to all from the Martinez Beavers!

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Happy Holidays to you from the Martinez Beavers! (And a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you from ME! /Gary)

Check out this neat Christmas Card video of the Martinez Beavers on YouTube:

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Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2008
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Bad times for the Martinez beavers

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Dear Gary:
The city of Martinez approved all resolutions Wednesday night, including the exemption of SEQA. Bids for the creek work open at 11 a.m. today.

The city responded to comments for citizen inclusion in the process with an offer to set up an oversight committee including Worth A Dam, but then discussed it with the attorney and city engineer, who advised that any oversight body could not make decisions, slow any decisions, or influence them in any way. I declined to participate under those conditions.

Supporters of the Martinez beavers were in tears at the meeting’s end, including myself.
Heidi Perryman, Ph.D., President & Founder, Worth A Dam

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Posted on Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
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The Martinez beavers’ lodge may be in danger!


I received the following e-mail from Heidi Perryman, Ph.D., President & Founder of Worth A Dam, the organization formed to help the Martinez beavers.

Gary: There are two pieces on the tonight’s agenda for the Martinez city council. Part I discusses pursuit of a grant to implement the recommendations of the beaver subcommittee.

The more alarming Part II is a plan for emergency bank stabilization. This involves the construction of a wall of sheet pile directly through the beavers’ lodge. The city is claiming that damage from the beavers tunneling has created an emergency situation and that the work qualifies for an exemption from CEQA. They are are budgeting half a million dollars for the project.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
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Congratulations Martinez! It’s a beaver!

Heidi just e-mailed me these photos of a NEW baby beaver taken as it fed on top of
the beaver lodge in Alhambra Creek in downtown Martinez!

The photos were taken by Moses Silva (thanks Moses!) Heidi says there are at least TWO new youngsters at the site and they are less than a foot long. Cute doesn’t touch it!
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Posted on Thursday, June 5th, 2008
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Are Martinez beavers moving away on their own?

This quote from Lisa White’s story in today’s Contra Costa Times:

“Mary Tappel, an environmental scientist who has a long history of helping communities manage beaver populations, said it appears the Martinez beavers have practically depleted the creek banks of their favorite foods and seem to be moving downstream. ‘Beavers always move,’ she said, adding that city leaders should not believe they can keep the animals in the location in the creek where they have built their dam.”
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Posted on Friday, April 18th, 2008
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