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  • It is wonderful that Jim Hutchens involved students in an outdoor project. And now that the beavers have arrived the story has changed; that it is one of us versus them and "one of us has to go."
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  • It is wonderful that Jim Hutchens involved students in an outdoor project. And now that the beavers have arrived the story has changed; that it is one of us versus them and "one of us has to go."
    By calling beavers "the biggest problem" and the saying that " "¦ they can go elsewhere to help create fish habitat" makes this a paradox. Isn't Bear Creek a fish habitat? Here is a perfect example of nature doing its job, as beavers are the master engineers of stream ecosystems. They are essential to the riparian landscape and should not be considered a pest.
    How exciting would it be to let the beavers do their work and observe the fish habitat that they facilitate unfold in an urban setting? Students could be again involved in nature in its true essence by marking the changes that take place in favor of the fish. It doesn't take much research to know how important beavers are to the environment (in a good way). Go Beavers! — Katie Yasui, Medford
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