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Reintroducing Beavers to Build Climate Resilience

Figure 6.8

U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station
David L. Peterson

This figure appears in chapter 6 of the Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: The Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II report.

Engineering by beavers encourages the slow release of water to downstream users and keeps water cool for migrating salmon and other aquatic species. Reintroduction of beavers throughout the western United States is helping to retain these functions in forested watersheds, increasing resilience to a warmer climate and reduced snowpack in mountains. Photo credit: Sarah Koenigsberg, courtesy of The Beaver Believers.

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