Miracle in the Nevada Desert Chris Gill on April 19, 2017 Beaver and cattle are symbiotic. Together they can turn desert into wetlands. Category: CATTLE, CULTURE, HABITAT RESTORATION, INVASION BIOLOGY, WILDLIFE & HUNTING Tag: "Invasion Biology", animal development, Bio-Diversity, brush, Conservation, Continuous Grazing, Grazing, habitat restoration, Hunting, Management Plan, Multi-Paddock Grazing, wildlife management Post navigation Previous: Previous post: Plow and Tractor for Desert Grassland Keyline SubsoilingNext: Next post: Texas House Orders Study Before Using Poison on Feral Hogs Share this:EmailPrintTwitterFacebookGoogleLinkedInFlipboard Posted by Chris Gill All Posts One Comment Chris Gill April 25, 2017 at 10:13 am My old schoolmate Bill Magee who back in the fifties grew up on one of those giant high-desert mountain ranches in Nevada, sent me this comment on beavers in the deserts: Dear Chris, Riding the foothills and mountains on either side of the Grass Valley Ranch I have come upon beaver dams. The runoff from the beaver dams created small mountain meadows and a water supply for the cattle. Sincerely, Bill To which I replied: Dear Bill, Yes and in the absence of timber, they will build the dams from salt cedar and even grass. Yet in our blinkered wildlife thinking, beavers as solutions to desertification aren’t even considered: The theology of invasive species biology says beavers, like cattle, are ‘invasives’. As such beavers are eradication targets. Plus, they don’t cost enough, and, require no chemicals, machinery, fire or other wildlife ‘management’ – other than planning the grazing – to do their jobs. Regards, Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.