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Fraser River - Tooth or Consequences

Making good neighbours of beavers

More on the Fraser River:
Fraser River:
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Osprey health indicates water quality

Cariboo Road:
Gold seekers open the interior of British Columbia

Enhancing Creek to Creek:
Uniting to save the Fraser River

Changing Faces:
Immigration trends in British Columbia

Fowl Territory:
Farmers profit by feeding migrating birds

Mountain Marshlands:
Rehabilitation of interior wetlands

A fine mess:
Restoration of a riparian habitat

Stream Makers:
Preparing a nursery for salmon

Tooth or Consequences:
Making good neighbours of beavers

Troubled Waters:
The struggle over salmon fishing

Waste Not:
Poultry manure is recycled into non-polluting pellets

A nine-kilometre stretch of the Nicola River, a tributary of the Fraser, is suffering from eroding banks and a loss of streamside vegetation. Some of the problem stems from cattle that trample the banks.

If allowed free access to a river or stream, cattle will pollute the water and seriously damage precious fish habitat. Industrious, tree-felling beavers are also serious culprits. With few trees left for shade, and insect life reduced by the lack of vegetation, the Nicola River fish have been endangered.

The Nicola River is undergoing revitalization. A 50-metre wide "riparian corridor" of trees and vegetation is being planted along the river bank. Fences have been erected to keep cattle away from the river. Cages have been placed around the trees to thwart the beavers.

Eroding banks have been stabilized by the planting of cedar and pine trees. Insects falling from the trees will, hopefully, adequately nourish and support the fish population.

Ranchers recognize that stable banks will save their grazing land from losses to erosion. The attitude of the beavers is unknown.



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