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Nature's Engineers: How Beavers Restore Habitat

Highland Wonders ~ January 7, 2011

Beavers possess remarkable engineering skills, which they combine with unparalleled work ethic to the benefit of streams and wetlands. This event focused on how beavers create the stream conditions and wetlands needed by an array of other plants and animals. In the process, beavers are sub-irrigating by raising the water table and increasing groundwater recharge in the Okanogan Highlands, making more water available for everybody during the low flows of late summer. Guest speakers who work with beavers in the field shared from their experiences and answered questions about these curious creatures. OHA also shared some exciting updates about the work of beavers on two of our restoration sites.

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: The Lands Council

Part 3: Methow Beaver Project

Part 4: Okanogan Highlands Alliance