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Flooding the Town of Beaver
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From such desolation sprung an unprecedented conservation program. Behind the leadership of Richard J. Dorer, the state Department of Conservation (forerunner to the Department of Natural Resources) designed a plan to restore the valley.

Slopes were planted in grass, shrubs and trees. State and federal governments and private organizations such as the Izaak Walton League encouraged farmers to plow the contours rather than the fall line and to fence cattle out of woodlands and off steep slopes. Ponds were built to retain runoff. Stone quarried from the newly established Whitewater State Park was used to stabilize creek banks. The state reintroduced wild turkey, deer, and beaver. The state purchased erosion-prone land to form what is now the 28,000-acre Whitewater Wildlife Management Area, which comprises much of the lower river, including the town site of Beaver.

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