A crazy idea? Not anymore

To make this film, the Institute staff interviewed ranchers in New Mexico, Idaho and Nevada about how they discovered the benefits of having beaver on their land and how they are managing beaver. Real ranchers, real experiences.

Staff are presently scheduling additional film screenings as well as workshops. Contact us to arrange a screening or workshop.

The full film is 55 minutes long and is not available online. The Institute is targeting this film to quality, not quantity, of viewers - in other words, managers of land and water. This quality-not-quantity approach would not be served by YouTube and the like. We also believe that the film is best understood when the audience has a chance to ask questions, raise concerns, and get honest answers. Using beaver successfully requires significant knowledge, but is worth the investment. Making the decision to remove beaver is also best supported by objective information.

In the meantime, you can view the film trailer below and donate here to help put this film in front of as many ranchers and other land managers as possible.


The film has been shown at a number of venues around the West.

2017 Quivira Coalition Conference

This screening featured a panel discussion by ranchers and the audience after the screening. Panelists were Julia Davis-Stafford of the CS Ranch, New Mexico, Terry Mitchell of the Tequesquite Ranch, New Mexico, Michael Bain of the Twin Willows Ranch New Mexico and James Rogers of the Winecup-Gamble Ranch, Nevada.

All photos courtesy of Tanner Mitchell.