Woody Holderman began his career with the Oregon Game Commission in 1947 as a trapper and demolition specialist for the removal of beaver dams. In 1961, be became the stream clearance foreman for the Oregon Game Commission. Assigned to projects by Commission biologists, Holderman coordinated with private landowners, dealt with community groups interested in the project, hired contractors, supervised the project, and evaluated the results. The stream clearance projects involved chainsaws, equipment to remove logs, and dynamite to remove obstructions. Project objectives were to improve fish passage in streams blocked with logs, silt, and other obstructions. After his retirement from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1978, Holderman continued his stream clearance work with private contractors.
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