NASA. the space agency, is helping researchers get a more detailed look at how beavers transform the earth. “NASA is interested in how satellite Earth observations can be used for natural resource management,” says Cynthia Schmidt of NASA’s Ecological Conservation Program, and is keen to use satellite research to help scientists “better understand the impacts of rewilding for ecosystem restoration.” Already, images taken from space show how areas with reintroduced beavers are greener than areas without them. The project is using the satellite data to find potential locations for future beaver reintroductions, and then tracking the landscape’s transformation after beavers arrive. Beavers’ role as firefighters has already been documented in Idaho. A 2018 report found beavers decreased burn intensity along Baugh Creek during that year’s Sharps Fire.

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