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Jon Griggs and his dog

Jon Griggs and his dog, Jiggs, at Susie Creek.

ELKO — The California Trail Interpretive Center will present a free screening of a one-hour film that explores the pros and cons of beaver on ranch lands. “Rethinking Beaver: old nuisance or new partner?” will show at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The film features local ranch manager Jon Griggs of Maggie Creek Ranch. It draws from real life experiences and unscripted interviews with him and other ranchers.

“Rethinking Beaver” explores the use of beaver as a tool to repair erosion, increase forage and overall productivity, and improve wildlife habitat on ranches.

The film was produced by Seventh Generation Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“We have been working with ranchers and beaver since 2008,” said Seventh Generation Executive Director Cathryn Wild. “And we have certainly seen that beaver have their drawbacks. But in the right place and time, and with the right management, beaver can be a real ‘Swiss army knife’ tool for ranchers. This film provides information so that they can evaluate beaver as a possible tool for use on their own land.”

Seventh Generation Institute is a small and innovative conservation organization. Specifically, the Institute is nonpartisan and does not litigate, protest or take confrontational positions on issues. Instead, the Institute partners with private land owners, government agencies at all levels, user groups, tribes, and community organizations to develop new tools, new information, and new approaches.

For more information about Seventh Generation Institute visit www.seventh-generation.org. For more information about the screening, contact Alex Rose at 738-1849.

The California Trail Interpretive Center is located eight miles west of Elko on I-80, Hunter exit 292. The Center is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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