Beavers: Nature’s Wetland Ecosystem Engineers

Fact Sheet
November 09, 2017

Beavers play a critical role in maintaining healthy ecosystems, such as by creating wetland habitat and recharging aquifers. While these industrious animals are beneficial to many other species, including humans, they can sometimes cause damage to private property. This has led to the unnecessary trapping and killing of tens of thousands of beavers throughout the United States every year. Proactive and commonsense solutions can help beavers and people coexist and work together to preserve our wetland ecosystems.