The beavers have stopped maintaining their dams in the area adjacent to the Creek Trail, and without constant maintenance they have begun to deteriorate. The water level has gone down, and the creek trail has reemerged, open but muddy.
We knew that beavers only stay in one section of creek as long as the habitat meets their needs, and they have probably moved to a different section to better access fresh, living trees. (They chewed a lot down, to access the upper branches they use as a winter food source and to create and maintain their dams.) Other trees died from having been flooded.
After two years, the boardwalks have risen out of the waters and been repaired (they were cabled in place when the waters rose to keep them from floating away). Lots of native vegetation is flourishing along the creek, and even one stand of invasive bamboo was killed by the flooding. We will miss the flooded habitat that was so good for wood ducks and muskrats, but we hope you will enjoy using the trail that forms the backbone of the preserve. Just be sure to wear boots--it's still muddy there.