Beavers are helping restore wetlands and create buffers against wildfires

Beavers have a surprising role to play in mitigating the effects of climate change, according to environmental scientist Emily Fairfax. By damming up streams and creating ponds, beavers are able to ease drought and wildfire conditions. The vegetation surrounding these beaver ponds remains too wet to burn, even in the midst of a drought. Additionally, beavers help restore habitats by creating wetlands and increasing the complexity of river and stream ecosystems. While wildlife officials in California are working to restore the beaver population, it is important for humans to take responsibility for their own actions and reduce their impact on climate change. So, next time you see a beaver, give them a thank you and consider your own role in combating climate change.

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