Nov. 10, 2015 —
Portland, Ore. — Pacific Rivers’ new film Behind the Emerald Curtain has received two awards and been accepted in several film festivals, including the prestigious, national Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, Calif., January 14-18. The film exposes harm to people, fish, wildlife, and water quality under Oregon’s current rules for logging on private timberlands.
The film has also received a Silver by the Oregon International Film Awards for documentary short.
And the film received best of festival in the Climate Film Festival held in Portland earlier this year.
“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 “Behind the Emerald Curtain,” so we can move in a positive direction to reform the Oregon Forest Practices Act,” said filmmaker and Pacific Rivers’ board member Shane Anderson.
A preview of the film is available at http://pacificrivers.org
Reforming the Oregon Forest Practices Act
The film 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.
“Northing 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.
Oregon is failing to meet federal water quality standards on several levels, according to two different federal agencies. A decision last week by the Board of Forestry will not solve the problem. Comprehensive reforms needed on Oregon’s private industrial forests include:
1) Adequate buffers on all streams, not just some.
2) More limits for logging on steep slopes prone to landslides and erosion.
3) Better rules and enforcement of rules regarding pesticide use.