The Beaver State

Oregon is known as “The Beaver State”. In fact the beaver is featured on the reverse side of the state flag and has a history for its prized fur. The beaver was over trapped by early settlers and eliminated from much of its original range. Through partial protection, the beaver has been reestablished in watercourses throughout Oregon and remains an important economic asset. The beaver has been referred to as “nature’s engineer,” and its dam-building activities are important to natural water flow and erosion control.

Oregon is the next stop in our United States of Energy data series ranking number 15 in residential electricity prices compared to 52 other US states averaging $8.87 Megawatts per hour. Major electric power plants include coal, natural gas and hydroelectric. Oregon is one of the Nation’s leading generators of hydroelectric power, which accounts for nearly two-thirds of State electricity generation. Major transmission lines connect Oregon’s electricity grid to California and Washington State, allowing for large interstate energy transfers.

Did you know? Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and is formed in the remains of an ancient volcano.

Other Oregon fun facts include: Hells Canyon, an 8,000 feet deep canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America, there are nine lighthouses standing along the Oregon coastline and Sea Lion Caves in Florence is the largest sea cave in the world.

Tune in tomorrow for more fun facts and energy data!

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