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“Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America” author coming to Vancouver

Author explores critters’ influence on landscape, how their industry, dams can help restore wetlands

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian staff writer
Published: March 7, 2024, 6:03am
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As recently as fall 2023, The Columbian was reporting on local efforts to mitigate beaver damage &mdash; like this chewed-down tree in La Center.
As recently as fall 2023, The Columbian was reporting on local efforts to mitigate beaver damage — like this chewed-down tree in La Center. (The Columbian files) Photo Gallery

Unfortunately for Astoria, Ore. — that pleasant, low-key, increasingly hipster city on the mouth of the Columbia River — a current New York Times bestseller has the town’s absentee founder and namesake smelling less like a rose and more like a wet beaver.

Law and loyalty be damned, what fur magnate John Jacob Astor cared about was getting rich, author

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