Beaver dams and wetlands protect against wildfires

foreground: beaver pond and wetlands, background: dry hills and scrubland vegetation
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Place name or River name: 
Methow Beaver Project
Methow River
48°21'55.97" N
120° 8'2.55" W

In dry landscapes, beaver wetland complexes like this one in northeastern Washington provide a buffer against wildfires. Nuisance beavers were relocated to these dry areas as part of a collaboration between the US Forest Service, WA Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Biologists and a dedicated group of volunteers and supporters who believed that they could create a better way to manage beavers through coexistence. (Photo by Alexa Whipple, Methow Beaver Project,