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State of OREGON

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The flag of Oregon is the only state flag with different pictures on each side. On the reverse appears a beaver the state animal. Both sides have a field of navy blue with design in gold. The front picture includes a heart shaped shield with an eagle on top, surronded by thirty-three stars. ( The number of states in 1859. ) The scene on the shield shows the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean, mountains, forests and a covered wagon. A plow, wheat and pickax represent farming and mining. Of the two ships: The one leaving is a British ship and the one arriving is a United States ship representing trade. The eagle represents the United States. On a banner are the words "The Union" representing support for the United States. Finally the flag is emblazoned with the words "State of Oregon" above the picture and the date of statehood "1859" below.

State Seal:

Oregon's state seal proudly displays an American eagle, with wings outstretched, atop a shield rich with symbols of the 33rd state. The sun sets over the Pacific Ocean as a British man-of-war sails away, symbolizing the end of British influence in Oregon's affairs. Another ship, an American merchant, sails toward the shore, symbolizing the independence and power of America's ships and commerce. Oregon's forests and mountains stand tall in the scene. The role of the state's settlers is represented by a covered wagon and team of oxen. A magnificent elk represents the state's wildlife resources. A sheaf of wheat and a plow symbolize the state's agricultural potential, and a pickax represents its mineral wealth. A banner proclaims "The Union". An arc of 33 stars represents each of the states of the Union, and around the perimeter of the seal are the words "State of Oregon 1859".

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The American Beaver (Castor canadensis) was named Oregon state animal by the 1969 Legislature. Prized for its fur, the beaver was overtrapped 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 enginéer," and its dam-building activities are important to natural water flow and erosion control. Oregon is known as the “Beaver State” and Oregon State University's athletic teams are called the "Beavers."

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