Posted on May 16, 2018
May 20th – Napa, CA
Hosting Partner: Friends of the Napa River
About Friends of the Napa River: Friends of the Napa River (FONR) was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in early 1994. We have worked together with our members and partners through the years on many different Napa River related issues such as flood protection, boating, fishing, watershed restoration, river access and trails, river research, festivals, watershed education, and riverfront development. The primary goal of Friends is to heighten the community’s awareness of the river as a valuable, but impaired, resource. We advocate for the Napa River at governmental meetings when decisions are being made that affect the river. We participate on local committees involving water, flooding, urban and land use planning, and recreation. We host river cleanups and watershed hikes. We gather the community to the river to celebrate the River, hosting events like the River Concert for Friends at CIA Copia, and the River Festival featuring the Napa Valley Symphony on Labor Day weekend.
May 31st – Valdosta, GA
Hosting Partner: WWALS Watershed Coalition
About WWALS Watershed Coalition: WWALS encompasses the entire watersheds of the Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Upper Suwannee Rivers and all their tributaries, as well as the Lower Suwannee River to the Gulf of Mexico, plus the Suwannee River Estuary, as well as those parts of the Floridan Aquifer in our watersheds. Our problems are more widespread having more to do with invasive species (some still being sold in local nurseries), waterway neglect (dams of fallen trees due to erosion ending up causing flooding), agricultural runoff (erosion dirt and pesticides), forestry runoff (due to clearcutting and pesticiding of undergrowth), wetlands destruction (cypress swamp clearing for wood use, agriculture, or subdivisions), and sprawling development (excessive impermeable surface causing runoff along with land clearing removing runoff barriers), leading to such problems as Valdosta wastewater overflows. Such problems won’t get solved by suing some big plant, and many of them aren’t pollution at all in the traditional sense.
May 31st – Durango, CO
Hosting Partner: San Juan Citizens Alliance
About San Juan Citizens Alliance: In 1986 a group of concerned citizens joined forces, launching the Alliance to protect their families and neighbors from the impacts of unchecked oil and gas development. Over the years, the organization grew to address a broad array of issues concerning the quality and protection of regional air, land, and water resources. The Alliance has over 800 dues-paying members and thousands of supporters who care passionately about preserving the unique qualities of this region. We are supported by six staff members who add decades of technical and strategic expertise to the cause. The Alliance helps protect clean air, pure water, and healthy lands in the San Juan Basin through our regional energy, public lands, and rivers programs. Learn more about each below.
June 1st – Sudbury, OT
Hosting Partner: Science North
About Science North: Science North is Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource for children and adults across the province. Science North maintains the second- and eighth-largest science centres in Canada. In addition to the two science centres in Sudbury, Science North also oversees an award-winning Large Format Film production unit and an Exhibit Sales and Service unit, which develops custom and ready-made exhibits for sale or lease to science centres, museums, and other cultural institutions all over the world.
June 1st – Husum, WA
Hosting Partner: Wet Planet Whitewater
About Wet Planet Whitewater: Wet Planet Whitewater is the Center for River Rafting and Kayaking in the Columbia River Gorge – Washington and Oregon. Wet Planet is a group of motivated, energetic, whitewater professionals who have come together to share a passion for whitewater rafting and kayaking. We offer guided river rafting trips on the Northwest’s classic “wild and scenic” rivers, whitewater kayak lessons and instruction, and river rescue training for whitewater professionals.
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.