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News Release
Author Ben Goldfarb Will Discuss "Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter" on November 17 - 11/07/18

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and the Friends of Fort Vancouver invite you to attend a free presentation and book signing by Ben Goldfarb, author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter. The event will be on Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 2:30 pm to 4 pm at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center. 

As many know, the existence of Fort Vancouver was dependent on the beaver trade. What sort of community would have evolved here, if not for these industrious, fur-bearing animals?

In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of “Beaver Believers”—including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens—recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them. From the Nevada deserts to the Scottish highlands, Believers are now hard at work restoring these industrious rodents to their former haunts. Eager is a powerful story about one of the world’s most influential species, how North America was colonized, how our landscapes have changed over the centuries, and how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, extinction, and climate change. Ultimately, it’s about how we can learn to coexist, harmoniously and even beneficially.

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Goldfarb to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, to give visitors a greater understanding of the beaver’s importance to our ecosystems,” said the park’s Chief of Interpretation, Bob Cromwell. “Our region is arguably still recovering from the effects of the fur trade on animal populations, so it is appropriate for Mr. Goldfarb to make his presentation at this site—the heart of the 19th century fur trade in the Pacific Northwest,” continued Cromwell. 

Ben Goldfarb is an award-winning environmental journalist who covers wildlife conservation, marine science, and public lands management, as well as an accomplished fiction writer. His work has been featured in ScienceMother JonesThe Guardian, High Country NewsVICEAudubon MagazineModern FarmerOrionWorld Wildlife MagazineScientific AmericanYale Environment 360, and many other publications. He holds a masters of environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and is a 2018 North American Congress for Conservation Biology journalist fellow.

Additional information is available on the Friends of Fort Vancouver website.

What: Book signing and presentation by noted author Ben Goldfarb

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018, 2:30 pm - 4 pm

Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center, 1501 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661

Cost: Free! 

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