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Ecology Presentation at Swaner EcoCenter Gives Public Something to Chew On

Park Record Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019

Marshall Wolf, a Utah State University doctorate graduate in the watershed science department and the ecology center, wants to give the public a taste of his research about understanding beaver-mediated changes to stream habitat and ecosystems on the Swaner Preserve. He will give a presentation titled “Worth a Dam? Beaver Dam Analogs and the Swaner Preserve,” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Swaner EcoCenter, 1258 Center Drive at Kimball Junction. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, visit Wolf will explain beaver dam analogs, which are human-made dams that diversify stream flows and help preserve water during the dry season. ... In addition to explaining the beaver dam analog, Wolf’s presentation will address beavers’ benefits and impacts on the local community, said Nell Larson, Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter executive director. “Beavers are a hot topic in our community, and they can be pretty polarizing, because of some of the challenges they cause,” she said.

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