Restoring Beavers to Enhance Ecological Integrity in National Forest Planning

Nat. Res. & Env. (ABA-SEER) (2018)

7 Pages Posted: 6 May 2019

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Sandra B. Zellmer

University of Montana - Alexander Blewett III School of Law

Sarah F. Bates

Independent

Jonah Brown

University of Montana - Alexander Blewett III School of Law

Date Written: November 20, 2018

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of the laws governing wildlife conservation in the National Forest System, and demonstrates how beaver restoration advances the purposes, objectives, and statutory and regulatory requirements related to wildlife conservation and watershed management. It illustrates the need to support beavers in the landscape to restore and maintain ecological composition, structure, function, connectivity, and species diversity, and also to facilitate mitigation and adaptation to climate change in forested and aquatic ecosystems. The 2012 Forest Planning Rule’s requirements for sustainability, and more specifically ecological integrity, open a meaningful legal, political, and physical space for beavers as ecosystem engineers to occupy within the forest planning framework.

Keywords: ecological integrity, restoration, forest planning, climate, wildlife, sustainability

Suggested Citation

Zellmer, Sandra B. and Bates, Sarah F. and Brown, Jonah, Restoring Beavers to Enhance Ecological Integrity in National Forest Planning (November 20, 2018). Nat. Res. & Env. (ABA-SEER) (2018), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3359199

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Sarah F. Bates

Independent ( email )

Jonah Brown

University of Montana - Alexander Blewett III School of Law ( email )

Missoula, MT 59812-0002
United States

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