Why beavers matter

Coexisting with beavers provides many benefits for humans, native plants and wildlife, and the landscape, including:

  • Stream repair restoration
  • Erosion reduction
  • Increased biodiversity
  • Creation of habitat for wetland species, including some whose conservation status is under threat
  • Beaver ponds recharge aquifers and stabilize the water table
  • Beaver dams regulate stream flow which in turn mitigates flooding
  • Beaver dams also improve water quality by filtering pollutants and sediment
  • Beaver-created wetlands play a role in helping to mitigate certain effects of climate change, such as increasingly frequent severe weather events that result in major floods, droughts, and wildfires.

Photo by Mike Digout

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