The Wild & Scenic Film Festival kicked off in January in Nevada City, California, and Pacific Rivers is excited to have its film Behind the Emerald Curtain as one of the selections. If you can’t make it to the festival itself, changes are you can catch the festival on tour, which will include 140 dates at locations across the country this year. So far, nothing is scheduled for Oregon, but we are working on it.
To have our film selected for this respected festival is a real accomplishment for Pacific Rivers and for the filmmaker, Shane Anderson.
“A fishing trip first exposed me to gross mismanagement of Oregon’s industrial timberlands. I could not believe that the state would allow Oregon’s treasured watersheds to be treated this way, and to me it was criminal to allow industry to affect the public commons just to make a few extra bucks. I knew I needed to show the world what was really going on, so that we can move in a positive direction to reform the Oregon Forest Practices Act,” said filmmaker and Pacific Rivers’ board member Shane Anderson.
The film has also received a Silver by the Oregon International Film Awards for documentary short. And the film received best of festival plus two other awards in the Climate Change Internationl Film Festival held last year. Since its release on October 22, 2015, Pacific Rivers has shown the film to more than 600 viewers in communities throughout Western Oregon (and counting), and more than 6,000 viewers have seen the preview online.
Reforming the Oregon Forest Practices Act
Behind the Emerald Curtain launches Pacific Rivers’ campaign to reform the Oregon Forest Practices Act. It’s been more than 20 years since the state updated logging rules on private forests. The timber industry operates profitably in California, Washington and Idaho under more stringent rules. Oregonians, on the other hand, deal with rampant aerial spraying of toxic chemical herbicides, logging right up to and through the majority of streams in the state, and rampant clearcutting even on steep slopes with unstable soils that are prone to landslides.
“Nothing threatens clean water and rivers in Oregon more than private forest practices, and we hope to expose this to a large audience,” said Pacific Rivers’ Executive Director John Kober. “This is an Oregon story. We all agree on the need for clean water and healthy rivers. This is about the Oregon we all love and want to live in.”
Oregon is failing to meet federal water quality standards on several levels, according to two different federal agencies. Comprehensive reforms needed on Oregon’s private industrial forests include:
- Adequate buffers on all streams, not just some.
- A ban on clearcutting steep slopes prone to landslides and erosion.
- Stronger rules and enforcement of rules regarding pesticide use, including a ban on aerial spraying.
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