Restoring Beavers to Enhance Ecological Integrity in National Forest Planning
Nat. Res. & Env. (ABA-SEER) (2018)
7 Pages Posted: 6 May 2019
Date Written: November 20, 2018
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
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