Beaver experts present at Oregon conference

State of the Beaver 2017 moderator Stanley Petrowski with Owen and Sharon Brown of Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife, and conference planner Leonard Houston, after Brown’s program in Oregon. (Photo submitted)

DOLGEVILLE —  Owen Brown, president of Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife, and Sharon Brown, BWW biologist, presented “Forty Years Working for Beavers” at the Feb. 22 through 25 State of the Beaver 2017 conference in Canyonville, OR.  They represented Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife, an educational nonprofit based in Dolgeville that was inspired by Dorothy Richards, who studied the species for 50 years.

 This, the fifth State of the Beaver conference, attracted 200 participants from many states as well as from Canada, Germany, Wales, England and Scotland.  It was sponsored by the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe and held at their Seven Feathers Casino. 

 “It was a special place,” said Owen Brown. “And a special gathering of people who are interested in the animal that can help solve our most serious environmental problems.”  

 The theme of this year’s conference was “Beaver — Agent of Regeneration.”

By Patricia Older

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