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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Experiencing some of the most severe drought conditions in modern times, New Mexico, Utah and Oregon have recognized the Beaver as an animal that can help protect water supplies by it's dam building...............The ponds that are created by the Beaver allow water to slowly soak into the ground rather than running off quickly into rivers and streams................Our Beaver was our most valuable furbearer in the 17th Century, prized for it's fur for felt hats.................Arguably valued today for a much more important societal need--water supply enhancement



  Beaver Restoration

Could Help Climate 


Our climate hero, the American beaver,
 will be getting its own management 
plan in New Mexico after the state 
senate passed a memorial recognizing
 the busy rodent’s value to water 
supplies and ecosystems—especially
 in times of drought.
The beaver memorial acknowledges
 that the dams, ponds and associated
 wetlands created by beaver are known
 to increase groundwater percolation, 
which raises local groundwater tables
 and increases water storage.  The 
memorial also recognizes the critical
 role that ecosystem restoration could
 play in protecting and recovering 
many imperiled species.
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WildEarth Guardians worked with
 state lawmakers to draft the
 memorial and shepherd it through
 the state legislature. The memorial
 directs the state wildlife agency
 and other relevant agencies to report
 back to the legislature by September 
1st on an approach for how best to 
develop the beaver management plan.
Only Oregon and Utah have
 statewide beaver management
 plans, both of which recognize 
the climate adaptation benefits
 beaver can offer.
A WildEarth Guardians statewide 
assessment found beaver populations
 are dangerously low on public lands 
in New Mexico. Over 80% of streams 
on public lands could support the
 dam-building ecosystem engineer. 
And yet recent surveys have found 
few active beaver in streams and 
rivers on national forests in the state. 
Now the hard work begins of 
coordinating a multi-agency and 
stakeholder process to develop 
the management plan that benefits
 beaver and New Mexico’s headwaters.
 WildEarth Guardians will continue to
 lead the reestablishment of 
functional beaver populations on
 public lands across the state.
This is a big victory for beaver 
and ecosystems in the West and 
we hope you will join us and 
support this critical ecosystem 
restoration and climate adaptation

For the Wild,
Bryan Bird staff 2013
Bryan Bird
Wild Places Program Director
WildEarth Guardians

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