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Leave it to Beaver: Lessons from Nature's Engineers

Leave it to Beaver: Lessons from Nature's Engineers

Event Date

09/11/2015

Event Time

7:00 PM

Location

ESCL 130

Event Description

Prized for their pelts, North American beavers were nearly hunted to extinction by the late 19th century. Still viewed as a nuisance by many, the big-toothed rodents are emerging as partners in efforts to restore declining stream ecosystems affected by climate change. “Beavers do a much better job of river restoration than we do, and have a much longer track record of river engineering,” says Utah State University geomorphologist Joe Wheaton. “Using beaver dams or beaver dam analogues, we can pursue a less obtrusive and much cheaper alternative restoration process that relies on working with physical processes as well as exploiting ecological processes.”