Banished to a Remote Idaho Valley, Beavers Created a Lush Wetland

Oct 20, 2023

Beavers relocated to a remote Idaho valley have transformed the landscape into a lush wetland and a haven against fire and drought, satellite imagery shows...

In one such area, Baugh Creek, beavers have visibly altered the landscape, as shown in newly released satellite imagery from NASA. Beavers erected dams that formed ponds and flooded meadows, supporting the growth of grasses and shrubs. A wide swath of vegetation now lines Baugh Creek, which is more verdant than other, nearby waterways.⁠

A lovely annotated satellite photo of one region where they were reintroduced:

Followed by this arresting photograph:

The wetlands around Baugh Creek after the 2018 Sharps Fire

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