Technical assistance for beaver conflicts and habitat: (541) 699-1606

HB 3464 and Beaver Protections

In Oregon, the passing of House Bill 3464 (HB 3464) marks a significant turning point in the way we approach beaver trapping and extermination. This legislation, to take effect January 1, 2024, reflects our evolving understanding of beaver as a keystone species in Oregon and emphasizes the importance of coexisting with nature rather than controlling it. Here’s what the passing of HB 3464, “The Beaver Bill,” means for landholders and the broader ecosystem.

The Summary of "HB 3464: Relating to protecting beavers to mitigate climate change effects"

HB 3464, signed into law on January 1, 2024, removes the predatory animal designation from beaver in Oregon. This change in designation moves the management of beavers from the Oregon Department of Agriculture to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, where they will be tasked with adopting rules relating to beaver management (extermination and trapping) on private lands as well as tracking populations as a whole.


Overall, HB 3464 recognizes the crucial role beavers play in shaping our landscape, maintaining healthy watersheds, and mitigating the effects of climate change. It brings about fundamental changes in how we manage beavers on our properties and public lands, emphasizing humane and sustainable practices.

Photos by Dr. Joe Wheaton, Utah State University

What HB 3464 Means for Landholders:

Non-Lethal Solutions: HB 3464 encourages landholders to prioritize non-lethal solutions when dealing with beaver-related issues. Rather than resorting to trapping or extermination, landholders are encouraged to explore alternatives such as flow devices, pond levelers, and habitat modification. Contact our Beaver Response Team for Technical Solutions.

Permit Requirements: The new law introduces permit requirements for landholders who wish to trap or remove beavers. Permits will be issued for specific cases where non-lethal methods have been exhausted or are impractical. Note that the bill doesn’t require permits for small forestland owners, and farmers with imminently threatened infrastructure are allowed to bypass the permitting process. 

Professional Assistance: Landholders are encouraged to seek the expertise of wildlife professionals and organizations like Beaver Works Oregon for humane beaver management solutions. These professionals can help landholders navigate the permitting process and implement effective strategies that ensure both beaver survival and property protection.

Ecosystem Benefits: HB 3464 underscores the ecological importance of beavers. By creating and maintaining wetlands and enhancing riparian habitats, beavers contribute to healthier watersheds, improved water quality, and increased biodiversity.


Why Choose Beaver Works Oregon for Beaver Solutions:

Our team consists of dedicated professionals with extensive experience in beaver management, habitat restoration, and conservation. When you work with us, you gain:

Expert Guidance: Our team will provide you with expert guidance on how to navigate the new regulations and implement non-lethal beaver management strategies effectively.

Humane Solutions: We are committed to humane and sustainable beaver management practices that prioritize permanent, long term solutions.

Education and Outreach: Beaver Works Oregon offers educational resources, workshops, and community outreach to foster a greater understanding of the vital role beavers play in our ecosystems and ways to prevent beaver-related conflicts.