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Greening the desert... with beavers?

 
Brett Andrzejewski
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Hello desert dwellers,

I recently watched this Nature program on beavers. There is a section in the video (at about 20 minutes) where two ladies are describing a desert environment rehydrated by beavers. I believe they were in southern California. Has anyone else seen this, done this, know of any other examples?

Here is the video link:
http://video.pbs.org/video/2365243455/
 
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I saw a beautiful example of this out in Utah last month, at the Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch. In an arid environment, they have a badly degraded and eroded arroyo. Beavers have taken up residence in the arroyo, have built a complex series of dams, and the area is revegetating remarkably.

Beavers are the best water engineers on the planet.
 
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Thanks Brett, for the video - will have to watch it after class.

Phoenix has been trying to increase its riparian areas for quite some time - and it is slowly succeeding. Now a few beavers have moved in and have taken down some cottonwoods and commenced dam-building. And the Riparian Council is all up in arms!

Adam - I took a look at Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch's web site but could not find a picture of the dam. Did you take any pictures you'd be willing to share here? I'd love to see it.
 
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Sorry Jennifer, no pics. I will try to take some next time I am out there, possibly in September.
 
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Jennifer, please ask the council to watch the PBS video before they say anything more about beaver tree felling.... it is amazing :)
 
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Can't access it in the uk. Got an alternative like for the video?
 
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Maybe this one?

http://www.klru.org/episode/nature/leave-it-to-beavers/
 
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Found this one. Is this the right thing?

First few minutes looks great.
 
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That's it.
 
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Adam Klaus wrote:Sorry Jennifer, no pics. I will try to take some next time I am out there, possibly in September.


Awesome! I think those of us in drylands would really benefit from a collection of pictures and videos of various techniques (nature-made and manmade) that work. That lodge looks amazing - have fun!

nancy Sutton wrote:Jennifer, please ask the council to watch the PBS video before they say anything more about beaver tree felling.... it is amazing


I definitely will!
 
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Great video Brett - thanks for sharing.
 
Andrew Parker
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Beavers are fairly prevalent here along the Jordan River. Trees chosen to survive are protected with chicken wire wrapped around the trunks. The beavers are allowed to thin the rest.
 
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Thanks for the video.

I can't help thinking of geoff lawton and his earthworks projects. He has a beaver deficiency. b
 
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I was thinking that Australia could benefit from beavers. They don't have anything filling the same ecological niche and I'm sure that they could turn many seasonal streams into permanent ones. I've been on sheep stations with parched land all around and a trickle in the bottom of a creek.

There is the issue with non-native species of course, but often that argument can be a red herring.
 
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Topher Belknap wrote:
Thanks for the video.

I can't help thinking of Geoff Lawton and his earthworks projects. He has a beaver deficiency. b


Too funny!
 
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I just watched the video and it was so good! they are one of my most favorite creatures. I wonder if california had more of them if the drought would not be so serious here. my part of california is currently wet with rain so I am not being as affected by the drought but much of it is.
 
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None of the older links to the video would work for me so I found another one:

 
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If humans don't have the help of beavers, humans can do the work of the beaver (even if we're not as good at it):



This is what we're trying to do on our place.

 
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