Posted on September 22, 2017
September 22nd – Carbondale, IL
Hosting Partner: Prairie Rivers Network
About Prairie Rivers Network: Prairie Rivers Network champions clean, healthy rivers and lakes and safe drinking water to benefit the people and wildlife of Illinois. Drawing upon sound science and working cooperatively with others we advocate public policies and cultural values that sustain the ecological health and biological diversity of water resources and aquatic ecosystems. Our work is guided by a vision of healthy “waterways,” a term that, for us, includes not only water flows and aquatic life but lands adjacent to or otherwise closely connected with rivers, streams, lakes, and other water bodies. Waterways supply valuable resources for people and essential habitat for other animals and plants.
September 22nd – Reno, NV
Hosting Partner: Friends of Black Rock – High Rock
About Friends of Black Rock – High Rock: Friends of Black Rock-High Rock formed in 1999 in support of various groups of people who come together with the common goal of preserving the region and promoting appreciation for its historical, ecological, agricultural, recreational and scenic resources. We are neighbors, visitors and concerned citizens who share a commitment to this wild, remote and priceless National Conservation Area. Dwindling federal resources have put public lands across the country at risk. Friends of Black Rock- High Rock plays an important role, not only through our own efforts but also through providing critical support, volunteers, and expertise to the Bureau of Land Management. As stewards and advocates for the region, working to ensure the NCA receives the highest level of protection possible, this organization enforces Leave No Trace ethics.
September 22nd – Eastsound, WA
Hosting Partner: San Juan Preservation Trust & Orcas Center
About San Juan Preservation Trust: Founded in 1979, the San Juan Preservation Trust is a nationally accredited, private, nonprofit and membership-based land trust dedicated to helping people and communities conserve land in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. The Preservation Trust has permanently protected 300 properties, 47 miles of shoreline and 17,000 acres on 20 islands, including land now managed as public parks, nature preserves, wildlife habitat, and working farms and forests.
September 22nd – Escalante, UT
Hosting Partner: Glen Canyon Natural History Association
About Glen Canyon Natural History Association: We are a cooperating association that supports and funds education, research, interpretation, and visitor services within the public lands on the Colorado Plateau in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. Working in partnership with the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, and Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, we promote the preservation and inspire stewardship of cultural and natural resources.
September 23nd – Monterey, CA
Hosting Partner: Ventana Wilderness Alliance
About Ventana Wilderness Alliance: In 1998, the newly-formed organization inventoried lands within the Los Padres National Forest to determine their suitability for federal designation as Wilderness. The VWA presented their findings to US Congressman Sam Farr, thereby providing a basis for the Big Sur Wilderness and Conservation Act, signed into law in December 2002. The VWA then initiated projects to benefit the now-expanded Wilderness, its visitors and the wild species that call it home.
September 25th and 27th – Kansas City Metro, KS
Hosting Partner: Blue River Watershed Association
Blue River Watershed Association: Blue River Watershed Association encourages the community to take care of its watersheds by sponsoring clean-up events and by facilitating projects that demonstrate “green” restoration techniques such as Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels. The Association partners with others in the community to encourage restoration, stream bank stabilization, and riparian corridor management along the Blue River and its tributaries.
September 26th – Kerrville, TX
Hosting Partner: Hill Country Alliance
About Hill Country Alliance: HCA reached more than 5,775 people through events we hosted, co-sponsored, or spoke at over the course of the year. We launched the first annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival in the Hill Country, bringing together partners across three watersheds – the Llano, the Pedernales, and the San Marcos – to celebrate Hill Country Rivers. We spoke at a number of landowner gatherings and expanded our annual Leadership Summit to more than 160 attendees. Our goal is to bring together an ever-expanding alliance of groups throughout a multi-county region of Central Texas with the long-term objective of preserving open spaces, water supply, water quality and the unique character of the Texas Hill Country.
September 28th – Sacramento, CA
Hosting Partner: Environmental Council of Sacramento
About Environmental Council of Sacramento: Our mission is to achieve regional and community sustainability and a healthy environment for existing and future residents. By working proactively with our members, member organizations, local government, and community groups, ECOS energizes and brings positive change to the Sacramento region as we strive to develop thriving communities. The Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a coalition made up of both member organizations and individuals who come together to create a united voice for local environmental concerns.
September 28th – Pismo Beach, CA
September 29th – Los Osos, CA
September 30th – San Luis Obispo, CA
Hosting Partner: Central Coast State Parks Association
About Central Coast State Parks Association: CCSPA’s primary purpose is to raise funds for educational and interpretive programs within our local state parks. Funding school group field trips to the Museum of Natural History and the Monarch Butterfly Grove, renovating the historic Spooner Ranch House at Montaña de Oro, and supporting the funds for docent-led hikes, walks, and talks throughout SLO County State Parks are some of our core programs. Our Mind Walks lecture series runs January through March and provides weekly educational opportunities to keep our minds active during the colder months. We keep our SeaLife Stewards volunteers in kayaks and outfitted with necessary equipment, and we support citizen scientist data collection along our coast.
September 29th – Taos, NM
Hosting Partner: Taos Environmental Film Festival
About Taos Environmental Film Festival: The Taos Environmental Film Festival has been created with the support of the Taos Fall Arts Festival. The festival was dreamed up by and is organized by the hard work of Jean Stevens. It incorporates film honoring the land, environment, and people of New Mexico, the country, and the world, with performance and lectures to expand our knowledge and engagement with environmental activism and topics. The Taos Environmental Film Festival honors our land and showcases all artistic disciplines. Together, artists can support efforts to stop Climate Change.
September 29th – Bend, OR
Hosting Partner: Oregon Natural Desert Association
About Oregon Natural Desert Association: Each year ONDA and its incredible volunteers contribute thousands of hours toward restoration projects to improve fish and wildlife habitat throughout Oregon’s high desert. ONDA partners with land management agencies, private landowners and tribal entities to undertake long-term restoration projects that provide significant, long-lasting benefits to precious natural resources while providing an inspirational and educational experience for our incredible volunteers. Projects have four major emphases: riparian restoration, upland restoration, wilderness inventory and wildlife monitoring.
Going On Tour
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), in 2003. Over the past 12 years, it has evolved into the largest environmental film festival of its kind in the nation. The annual event each January in Nevada City, CA, kicks-off the nationwide tour to over 150 cities. Each tour stop is an opportunity for an organization to reach out into their community and bring people together around community-based activism. We offer a diverse menu of environmental films that delve into themes such as energy, climate change, conservation, wildlife, community activism, environmental justice, and adventure. Each venue custom builds their own film program to include issues they want to spotlight. Plus, we provide PR materials and a comprehensive planning guide. As an environmental group who has experienced amazing success with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, we want to share our success with other organizations to create a network connected by a common goal – to use film to inspire activism!
For more information about Wild & Scenic On Tour, please contact Theresa at (530) 265-5961 x 204 or via email.