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From pest to protector: How beavers are helping fight climate change

As nearly 40% of the country is currently in drought, scientists are looking to the largest rodent in North America for help: the beaver. Researchers in California and Utah found that dams made by the animals can help create drought- and fire-resistant landscapes.

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Beavers march north into Arctic: 'Tundra be dammed'

Beavers are marching north into the Arctic tundra, colonizing parts of Alaska and Canada and significantly altering the landscape.

How beavers became North America's best firefighter
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How beavers became North America's best firefighter

The rodent creates fireproof refuges for many species, suggesting wildlife managers should protect beaver habitat as the U.S. West burns.
The re-beavering of the American West

The re-beavering of the American West

An industrious but finicky pest could be the key to restoring Washington State’s wetlands and salmon populations.
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