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SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic® Film Festival inspires people and unites communities to heal the earth.

SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a call to action. At Wild & Scenic, film-goers are transformed into a congregation of committed activists, dedicated to saving our increasingly threatened planet. We show environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. Through these films, Wild & Scenic both informs people about the state of the world and inspires them to take action.

Wild & Scenic raises resources and awareness for SYRCL’s initiatives to recover California’s wild salmon and to protect and restore the Yuba River. In addition, SYRCL’s Film Festival On Tour serves as a national platform for local environmental advocacy.


In 1983, a small group of concerned citizens banded together to oppose the construction of two dams on the South Yuba River. Over a quarter century and thousands of supporters later, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL, pronounced “circle”) stands stronger than ever. The dam projects have been defeated and 39 miles of the South Yuba have become permanently protected through state Wild and Scenic designation. A small community demonstrated that people can make a difference – people can protect the place in which they live, work and play.

Today, SYRCL is a vibrant community organization leading a range of river and watershed programs.  In addition to producing the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, we’re organizing a national campaign for the restoration of California’s wild Chinook salmon, beginning with the threatened populations in the lower Yuba River. While boldly advocating for the re-introduction of salmon above dams, we work in a number of collaborative science forums with public agencies and are key supporters of the Calling Back the Salmon ceremony of the Tsi-Akim Maidu tribe. We coordinate the largest citizen-based river monitoring program in the state and host other events for the community throughout the year, including the Greater Yuba River Clean-Up that organizes over 700 volunteers in an annual litter removal project.

SYRCL’s mission is to protect and restore the Yuba River and Greater Yuba Watershed and continue to be recognized as one of the largest and most effective single-watershed groups in the United States.  Learn more.  Become a member.  Visit our YubaRiver.org website.