Support Beaver Reintroduction at Las Cienegas

Las CienegasWe need your help to support beaver reintroduction in Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. It’s one of the few riparian areas left in Southern Arizona and is critical due to its spring-fed marshlands, or “ciénegas,” amid vast desert grasslands. This precious water supports a wide range of imperiled wildlife, from Gila topminnows and Chiricahua leopard frogs to pronghorn antelopes and yellow-billed cuckoos.

Using the form below, tell the Bureau of Land Management to move forward with its proposal to reintroduce beavers at Las Cienegas, so they can restore the area and do their job as nature’s engineers.

Beavers are a keystone species that used to be present throughout the region. Their benefits are well known. They improve resilience to climate change by increasing water storage behind their dams. They also help widen floodplains, slow down water, and maintain stream flow during dry periods.

Join us in supporting Alternative A for this project. This would reestablish beavers at Las Cienegas and allow for the construction of low-impact, “analogue” starter dams made of wood posts and other natural materials to help the beavers and ensure the project’s long-term success.

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Photo of Las Cienegas wetland courtesy BLM; beaver by Michael Levine/Flickr; Las Cienegas grasslands and pronghorn antelopes by Bob Wick/BLM.