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The Beaver Restoration Guidebook Working with Beaver to Restore Streams, Wetlands, and Floodplains

Beaver as a Partner in Restoration!
More and more, restoration practitioners are using beaver to accomplish stream, wetland, and floodplain restoration. This is happening because, by constructing dams that impound water and retain sediment, beaver substantially alter the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of the surrounding river ecosystem, providing benefits to plants, fish, and wildlife. The possible results are many, inclusive of : higher water tables; reconnected and expanded floodplains; more hyporheic exchange; higher summer base flows; expanded wetlands; improved water quality; greater habitat complexity; more diversity and richness in the populations of plants, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles,
and mammals; and overall increased complexity of the river ecosystem.
 
To find out more about working with beavers including risk assessment and site selection see the US Fish and Wildlife's Beaver Restoration Workshops and Videos page.
 
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The Beaver Restoration Guidebook Working with Beaver to Restore Streams, Wetlands, and Floodplains

 

For the most up to date information regarding guidelines and regulatory requirements for various species and ecological communities at risk in BC, please contact the relevant staff with the Province of BC, Environment Canada, Pacific Region or the Species at Risk Program of the Ecosystems Management Branch, Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada, Pacific Region. Detailed contact information can be found on our CONTACT page. 

 

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