Use of Beaver Dam Analogues to Enhance Stream and Wetland Habitat in North Missouri Prairies
July 2023 - December 2027
- Missouri Department of Conservation
Reconnecting streams to their floodplains improves water quality and quantity, supports biodiversity and sensitive species conservation, increases flood and drought resiliency, and bolsters carbon sequestration to help address climate change. Stream restoration that incorporates beaver dams or analogues (BDA) those structures to promote floodplain connectivity can assist in reconnecting streams to their floodplains. This project is a collaborative effort between the Missouri Department of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy, and the Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. This project will determine if BDAs and similar low-tech process-based structures are effective, resilient, and cost-effective approaches to enhance and sustain populations of Topeka Shiners and other aquatic species, meet stream restoration goals, and initiate wetland community development along headwaters and small streams.
|Callahan, S., Corson, A., and Westhoff, J. 2024. Use of Beaver Dam Analogues to Enhance Stream and Wetland Habitat in North Missouri Prairies. Missouri Natural Resources Conference, Osage Beach, MO. February 6 - 8, 2024||February 2024|