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Land Conservancy Sponsors Talk on Beavers’ Impact on the Land


KENT—The Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy and partners will present Leila Philips, author of Beaver Land: How One Weird Rodent Made America, in a presentation that will introduce the audience to an animal that features prominently in both American economic and natural history.

The program will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Kent School Auditorium, 1 Macedonia Rd. Doors open at 3 p.m., with the talk at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available online: Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. For information go to

Beaver Land is a New York Times Editors’ Choice and NPR Science Friday Book Club Selection. The 18th- and 19th-century fur trade decimated beaver populations, initiating a period of environmental devastation so extreme that geologists now call it the “great dying.” 

“In the early 20th-century, beavers were brought back to Connecticut and began to show us the extent to which they could repair extremely damaged river systems,” Philips reports. “They’ve played an outsized role in America’s past and can play a crucial role in its future.”

Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy is co-sponsoring the event with 16 area partners, including the Housatonic Valley Association, House of Books, Kent Land Trust and Kent Memorial Library. The Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy is a nonprofit, regional conservation organization working with the communities of Litchfield and northern Fairfield Counties to safeguard natural and working lands, public recreation areas, and drinking water resources forever. 

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