Beavers are incredible creatures, and we’re not the only ones who think so.
Many researchers, land managers/owners and conservationists have demonstrated the important role that beavers play on our landscapes and in our watersheds. The following videos nicely capture some of their most interesting findings:
The Beaver Whisperers - a 45 minute CBC Nature of Things documentary
The full film can be viewed here.
Dr. Glynnis Hood - ideacity 20 minute talk “The Beaver as an Eco-friend”
Pond of Gold
According to Cows and Fish no substitute exists for water - a “precious and beautiful resource, which has usually been scarce in the Rocky Mountain West. In the future, the flow of water may decline as our climate becomes warmer and drier. The amount of snowpack in the mountains will be less, melting and runoff will occur earlier in the spring, and stream flow will diminish earlier in summer. By late summer when we need water the most, it may be in short supply. Many people believe that water will be the new gold of the future. As the reality of climate change becomes ever more apparent, we will need to catch and store water more effectively. We’ve given water lots of advice, in the form of expensive dams and big reservoirs but is that always the best solution? Likely not. Have we overlooked a natural ally in our efforts to conserve and manage water? Yes, consider the beaver.”
To learn more, please view their “Pond of Gold - Storing Water, Naturally” fact sheet which visually conveys the benefits of having beavers on the landscape.
The Lands Council’s "Beaver Solution"
Using beavers to realize increased water storage instead of building hard infrastructure like dams and reservoirs is an approach that is being embraced in some regions of the United States. Recently the State of Washington Senate unanimously approved “The Beaver Bill” or HB 2349. The new law will help to improve Washington’s water management infrastructure by relocating and maintaining healthy beaver populations. Using beavers as a watershed stewardship tool also makes financial sense. Instead of spending billions to build concrete dams, this bill supports utilizing natural mechanisms (or “green infrastructure”) to improve and restore Washington’s riparian ecosystems with families of beavers. To learn more, please view The Lands Council’s “Beaver Solution” video:
Beavers: The Smartest Thing in Fur Pants - by "It's Okay To Be Smart"
There are a number of organizations in the United States that are leaders in using beaver reintroduction for watershed stewardship. Please learn more about their work by visiting these websites: