Wild & Scenic Film Festival kicks off this week, featuring Pacific Rivers’ award-winning film Behind the Emerald Curtain

Jan. 12, 2016 —

Portland, Ore. — The Wild & Scenic Film Festival kicks off today in Nevada City, Calif., and features Pacific Rivers’ award-winning film Behind the Emerald Curtain. The film exposes harm to people, fish, wildlife, and water quality under Oregon’s current rules for logging on private timberlands.

Filmmaker Shane Anderson will be attending the festival.

“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 International 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.

A preview of the film is available at http://pacificrivers.org/#emeraldvideo. Reporters: contact Natalie for access to the full film.

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:
1) Adequate buffers on all streams, not just some.
2) A ban on clearcutting steep slopes prone to landslides and erosion.
3) Stronger rules and enforcement of rules regarding pesticide use, including a ban on aerial spraying.

Contact: Shane Anderson, 360-688-3954, northforkstudios@gmail.com
Natalie Bennon, 503-778-0072 natalie@pacificrivers.org

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