Scandinavian Conference Speakers
Richard StevensRichard Stevens is a retired research biologist for the Utah Division of Wildlife and a former Director of the Great Basin Experimental Station. He is an author of over 150 publications and books. His groundbreaking rangeland, wildlife habitat and ecological research has taken him throughout the Great Basin and the American West. Richard graduated from Snow College, Brigham Young University and The University of Arizona. He has lived most of his life in his home town of Ephraim and is passionate about local history and pre and post settlement vegetation.
This should come as no surprise, as Richard's Ephraim and Sanpete Valley roots are deep and mirror the founding and settlement of the area. All of his ancestors settled in the Sanpete Valley with the first at Manti in 1851, Spring City 1853, Ephraim 1854, and Moroni in 1856. Richard's wife Marie is also a multi-generation Utah native whose ancestors settled in Box Elder and Summit counties. Richard and Marie have 5 children, 20 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. With his vast knowledge of the settlement of Ephraim and its connection to Ephraim Canyon, Richard will talk about the history of Ephraim Canyon and its historical significance.