Bringing Beaver Back

The Intuitive Science of Watershed Restoration

Douglas Balmain
3 min readDec 1, 2021

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Photo by Tim Umphreys on Unsplash.

As I walk through our arid Western landscapes, I try to imagine how the land might have looked prior to European influence. It would be unrecognizable in comparison to the land as we now know it. How wondrous it would be to see this continent’s wild ecosystems as they had evolved to be. Beaver in every drainage, 60 million bison fertilizing the…

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