July 23, 2018 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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Beaver Believers: Ben Goldfarb, Leopold Resident
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Beaver Believers: Ben Goldfarb, Leopold Resident

Arthur Bell Auditorium

Ben Goldfarb, a science and environment writer, will speak on his book project about the ecological and hydrological benefits of North American beaver restoration. Goldfarb, of New Haven, Conn., will continue to work on the book project as part of the Aldo and Estella Leopold Residency Program this fall. The month-long residency takes place at Mi Casita, the Leopold’s first home owned by the Carson National Forest in Tres Piedras. The presentation comes toward the end of his stay.
The residency is part of a three-month trek Ben is taking through the American West, speaking with scientists, ranchers, and public land managers who recognize the countless benefits of Castor canadensis and are promoting the species’ recovery — a cohort that calls itself the “Beaver Believers.”
Ben says Northern New Mexico plays an integral role in the story, as “Taos became the seat of the North American fur trade after the Northern Rockies had been exhausted; today, reintroducing beavers to places like the Jemez Mountains affords a promising solution to the Southwest’s notorious water woes.”
His writing has appeared in Orion Magazine, Science, High Country News, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Scientific American, and many other publications.
Admission is free to the public, seating is limited.