A recent article in the Salt Lake Tribune, a segment on NPR's All Thing's Considered, and a segment on Utah Public Radio's Wild About Utah all help highlight the use of beaver as a potential river restoration agent. They also speak to the idea that beaver might be helpful in buffering anticipated impacts from climate change. Beaver are finding themselves in the news more and more:
Current research in our lab is looking at better understanding the feedbacks beaver create between the physical and ecological aspects of rivers and what might be necessary to help make beaver more effective restoration agents. See also Beaver Links.
Pollock, M. M., T. J. Beechie, et al. (2007). "Geomorphic changes upstream of beaver dams in Bridge Creek, an incised stream channel in the interior Columbia River basin, eastern Oregon." Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 32(8): 1174-1185. DOI: 10.1002/esp.1553.
Originally posted Oct 19, 2009, 11:32 AM by Joseph Wheaton