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In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America's lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of "Beaver Believers" - including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens - recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them. From the Nevada deserts to the Scottish highlands, Believers are now hard at work restoring these industrious rodents to their former haunts. 

Eager is a powerful story about one of the world's most influential species, how North America was colonized, how our landscapes have changed over the centuries, and how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, extinction, and the ravages of climate change. Ultimately, it's about how we can learn to coexist, harmoniously and even beneficially, with our fellow travelers on this planet.

©2018 Ben Goldfarb (P)2018 Chelsea Green Publishing

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Like most, I had no idea how important beavers are in the environment. Now I do. An object lesson in unforeseen consequences; I hope that beavers can help undo some of the destruction currently being caused by Zinke/Pruitt/Trump. Well-written, chatty at times, good narration. Hope Goldfarb writes more on ecology.

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Beavers: Why they matter

No, you do not probably know as much as you should about beavers. How beavers have changed rivers and directed political policy in North America. These influences are in addition to how beavers can help mitigate many of the climate ills we face today. “Got drought? There’s a beaver for that” Goldfarb’s writes. Informative and witty you need this book just as the world needs beavers although you probably don’t know it yet.