Beaver and Climate Change Adaptation in North America
A Simple, Cost-Effective Strategy
The reestablishment of American beaver (Castor canadensis; beaver) and its habitat is a viable and cost-effective climate change adaptation strategy. Due to the unique hydrological engineering accomplished by dam-building beaver, support and reestablishment of beaver constitute an important climate change adaptation tool in the United States. The information presented here demonstrates the critical roles beaver play in ecosystem structure and function and how those roles can contribute significantly to climate change adaptation strategies.
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