Episode 292. Don’t Leave It to Beavers: Dam It Yourself
Here’s a fun fact. Before European settlement, as much as 10% of the continental U.S. was influenced by the presence of beaver dams. Although beavers have been displaced from much of their historic range, land managers don’t have to be high and dry in their absence. More and more people are rehydrating their land by mimicking beavers to catch and hold more water.
In this episode of Voices from the Field, Aaron Clausen of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Montana rancher Amber Smith chat with NCAT Regenerative Grazing Specialist Linda Poole about constructing do-it-yourself beaver dams, called beaver dam analogues.
Built mostly by hand with carefully placed sticks and rocks, these low-tech, affordable structures help landowners safely catch and hold more water on their land during runoff. The conversation also includes a bit about Aaron’s work with WWF’s RSVP (Ranching Sustainability and Viability Program) and Amber Smith’s leadership of the nonprofit Women in Ranching.
- World Wildlife Fund
- Women in Ranching
- BDA Stream Restoration
- Beaver Dams Without Beavers? Artificial Logjams are a Popular but Controversial Restoration Tool
- Cheap and Cheerful Stream and Riparian Restoration: Beaver Dam Analogues as a Low-Cost Tool
Contact Linda Poole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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