State Nickname of Oregon
The Beaver State
Oregon is known as “The Beaver State” and Oregon State University’s athletic teams are called the “Beavers.” Beavers play an important role in the state’s ecosystem.
The American Beaver (Castor canadensis) was named Oregon state animal by the 1969 Legislature. Prized for its fur, the beaver was over-trapped by early settlers and eliminated from much of its original range. Through proper management and partial protection, the beaver has been reestablished in watercourses throughout the state 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.