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I was so happy to read about the education efforts to help folks understand and live with beavers on Kellogg Creek (“Make way for beavers,” Feb. 19).

by: PHOTO BY: JON HOUSE - John Young shows where a beaver (or beavers) have constructed a dam behind his property in Milwaukie.This is often hard for residents and cities to do, but the investment brings a host of benefits that more than pay for the effort. Beavers increase the invertebrate community which means that their ponds have a higher density and diversity of fish — supporting all the birds and wildlife that eat fish.

I know that living with beavers is possible because my own city installed a flow device six years ago to control pond height. Now because of our safe, beaver-tended wetlands we regularly see otter, steelhead, wood duck and even mink in our urban stream.

We have documented three new species of fish in the creek (which used to dry up in the summer and now runs year-round). We wrap the trees we need to protect, and plant riparian willow to augment their habitat. Although there were initial worries about population growth, after six years of a single beaver family with 18 births, our population remains at six. Young disperse at 2 to seek their own territories, and since beavers are territorial, the resident family uses their natural behaviors to keep others away.

When beavers are allowed to remain in an area, their dams create and enhance habitat for numerous other species. They improve water quality and slow erosion. Here in Martinez, we organize a yearly beaver festival to teach folks how and why to live with beavers.

I can’t think of any better way to improve your watershed than to value the “water-savers” who care for it.

Heidi Perryman

Martinez, Calif.

Editor’s note: Dr. Perryman is president and founder of the “Worth A Dam” organization dedicated to maintaining the Martinez beavers in Alhambra Creek through responsible stewardship, creative problem solving, community involvement and education. Visit martinezbeavers.org for more information.

Where’s the evidence?

The words “due process” never appeared in the article “Instagram rattles student’s life,” Feb. 19.

Because Serena George is a student and a minor, she may not be entitled to the same rights as an adult in a criminal prosecution. But what process was used to examine the evidence? Was the defendant afforded the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses?

In this electronic age, can we be 100 percent certain the image used as evidence wasn’t photoshopped? Before meting a punishment that damages a student’s future and puts the school district into the position of defending against an expensive lawsuit, can the administration not find a more appropriate resolution to the issue?

As a taxpayer and parent of a teen, I want the teachers and administration to build these students up and improve their future, not tear them down and destroy their future.

Neil Wolfson

Gladstone

Go ‘Team Clackamas’

On behalf of Clackamas High School, thank you for writing this story (“Oregon Sports Award nominees offer health tips,” in last week’s Healthy Life — Kid’s Health special section), and for your stories about Taylor Agost and Austin Kelly — we are so very proud of these two and many other student athletes.

Jeff Erdman

Athletic director

Let’s get back in the game

Regional economist Amy Vander Vliet’s February report demonstrates Clackamas County lagging behind other Metro counties in job recovery.

One issue not mentioned is the lack of leadership by and a disdain for “Portland Creep” shown by some members of the Clackamas County Commission. Now Google wishes, with the support of the city of Portland, to build a high-speed fiber optic network in the Portland metro area. Only one non-industrial Clackamas County community is involved, while both Washington and Multnomah counties seem covered.

Every day it becomes more necessary, as an engine in the region’s economic development, to have access to high-speed internet based communication. Without this access Clackamas County will lag farther behind in the region’s economic development.

Come on Clackamas County Commission, if economic development is job one, get us in the game.

Pat Smith

Gladstone

Timber management

The billboard on Interstate 205 asks U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden: Why isn’t he doing more to help timber industry families?

Help is determined by the growth rates on a specific forested site and that forested site’s historic harvest rate. Where the harvest rates on a specific site have exceeded the growth rates there will be hard times for forest industry families. Growth rates are determined by soils, elevation, water tables, average yearly rainfall, length of the growing season.

This means that timber industry families living in the Owyhee Uplands of Southeast Oregon, a family in the High Lava Plains, the Cascades, the Coast Range have very little in common when it comes to the specifics of the “help” their region needs. Over all regions and families there does exist one truism — on any specific forested site for the harvest rate to exceed the growth rate is a recipe for disaster.

Elected public officials and tree scientists must deal with the realization that there exists a very delicate balance between doing something for someone and doing something to someone.

D. Kent Lloyd

Gladstone

Security breach shuts down state’s website

The Oregon Secretary of State’s office detected an unauthorized intrusion into its website on Feb. 4. As a security precaution, we took down certain online applications.

The investigation so far indicates that sensitive personal information was not compromised. We maintain mostly public information. It does not store complete credit-card numbers, and private companies handle credit-card transactions. As a security precaution, however, we deleted all user passwords for certain web applications. Once the applications have been restored, users of the Central Business Registry (CBR) and ORESTAR will need to reset their passwords. We also recommend that anyone who uses their ORESTAR or CBR password for other personal accounts should change the passwords for those personal accounts as well.

We take this matter very seriously. Your safety and security as a member of this community is our highest priority. Fraud experts indicate that a person’s email address, physical address or phone number is insufficient to obtain credit in the name of another individual or assume another individual’s identity; therefore, we do not believe you are at risk of identity theft or fraud as a result of this event. We are, nevertheless, providing this notice to ensure that you are aware of this incident and so that, if you feel it is necessary to do so, you may take steps to monitor your credit and identity.

Once the website applications have been restored, please log in to your ORESTAR or Central Business Registry account and change your password. If you share similar passwords with other accounts, we recommend that you reset those passwords out of an abundance of caution.

Most legitimate organizations will never ask you to verify your username or password via email. If you are at all suspicious of an email from a business you have a relationship with, open a new web browser, type in the URL for their organization, and call them using the number provided on their website.

We encourage you to review account statements and to monitor your credit reports. Under U.S. law, you are entitled to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit bureaus. To order your free credit report, visit annualcreditreport.com or call, toll-free, 1-877-322-8228.

At no charge, you can have the credit bureaus place a “fraud alert” on your file that alerts creditors to take additional steps to verify your identity prior to granting credit. As soon as one credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the others are notified to place fraud alerts on your file.

You can obtain additional information about the steps you can take to avoid identity theft from the Identity Theft Clearinghouse

Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Ave.; Washington DC 20580; consumer.gov/idtheft; 1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338); TDD: 1-202-326-2502.

Again, please be assured that your safety and security are very important to us. We regret any inconvenience or concern that this matter may have caused you.

Kate Brown

Oregon Secretary of State

Law wouldn’t have prevented those shootings

With regards to the story last week titled “Newtown families join support for background check gun legislation,” has the question ever been raised why these families would support a law that would not have prevented either the Newtown or Clackamas Town Center shootings? Why aren’t reporters raising these questions in their articles?

Samuel Dickerson-Edgington

Milwaukie



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