Beavers To The Rescue

by Mary Holland

12-23-15 beaver dam & pussy willow IMG_5739

With peepers peeping and pussy willows starting to poke their heads out of local willows in mid-late December, it is clear that in the coming years humans will need to adapt to the effects of climate change. Help with that mission may come from many sources, including beavers, whose landscape alterations have been shown to mitigate many of the more extreme conditions caused by climate change. Where beaver dams are persistent, they may sequester sediment and create wet meadows that can moderate floods, augment early summer baseflows, sequester carbon in soils and standing biomass, decrease ecological problems posed by earlier spring stream recession, and potentially help cool early summer and post-wildfire stream temperatures. (Jeff Baldwin, California Fish & Game)

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PBS Nature Program Watch it Here: Leave it to Beavers