Posted on May 3, 2018
May 4th – Lawrence, KS
Hosting Partner: Friends of the KAW
About Friends of the KAW: Friends of the Kaw (FOK) serves the Kansas River, known locally as the Kaw. The Kaw is the largest prairie watershed in the world. The river originates at the junction of the Smoky Hill and Republican Rivers and runs more than 170 miles to meet the Missouri in northeast Kansas. The Kaw provides drinking water for 800,000 people. Its main uses are industrial: irrigation; water for three coal-fired power plants (including two of the nation’s filthiest); municipal wastewater; industrial discharges; and commercial sand and gravel mining. For more than twenty years, our water-focused friends group has been the only grassroots conservation group dedicated to protecting the Kaw. Our members come from rural, urban, and suburban areas and represent canoers, kayakers, fisherfolk, hunters, birdwatchers, and locals who love the river.
May 11th – Jackson, WY
Hosting Partner: Snake River Fund
About Snake River Fund: In 1998, the Forest Service, in response to increasing user pressure and decreasing funds, proposed to implement a mandatory fee program on the Snake River. In an effort to keep the Snake “fee free,” citizens and businesses approached the Jackson forest office with an unprecedented proposal. With the Bridger-Teton National Forest staff’s endorsement, the Snake River Fund was formed. Since that time, this voluntary, donation-based, grassroots organization has supplied funding to support river personnel, facilities upkeep, river volunteers, safety training, law enforcement, guide education and other river user services. The continuing partnership between the Bridger-Teton and the Fund remains unique in this country and serves as a model to other river systems struggling with management challenges.
May 12th – Weed, CA
Hosting Partner: Mount Shasta Bio-Regional Ecology Center
About Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center: Since 1988, the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center has played a pivotal role in preserving the integrity of Mount Shasta and its surroundings. Our bioregional perspective encompasses not only natural interconnected systems but also their cultural layers that constitute the human relationship to the land. What has emerged is widespread recognition of Mount Shasta and the surrounding area both locally and internationally as a major natural sanctuary for its superlative beauty, pristine purity, high-quality waters and cultural significance — deserving to be preserved in its integrity for generations to come.
May 12th – Honolulu, HI
Hosting Partner: Halau Ku Mana
About Halau Ku Mana: Hālau Kū Māna can be described as many things: a school, an educational experiment, a cultural protectorate, an experience. Depending on who is asked, the answer will be different – which is why it is so hard to codify the history and significance of the special place. We are working to define this history and will alert our ōhana once we have completed this project and posted it.
May 12th – Gainesville, GA
Hosting Partner: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
About Chattahoochee Riverkeeper: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s (CRK) mission is to advocate and secure the protection and stewardship of the Chattahoochee River, including its lakes, tributaries and watershed, in order to restore and conserve their ecological health for the people and wildlife that depend on the river system. Established in 1994, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) is an environmental advocacy organization with more than 8,600 members dedicated solely to protecting and restoring the Chattahoochee River Basin — drinking water source for nearly four million people. CRK was the 11th licensed program in the international Waterkeeper Alliance, now close to 250 organizations strong.
May 15th – Kanab, AZ
Hosting Partner: Glen Canyon Natural History Association
About Glen Canyon Natural History Association: We help protect and preserve Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument and other public lands of the Colorado Plateau through providing education and philanthropy. The Association operates interpretive sales at seven visitor centers throughout the Colorado Plateau. Throughout the year programs provide learning experiences for people seeking in-depth information from experts in diverse environmental fields. Notable publications, offering natural and cultural history education, are produced sharing great discoveries by public lands partners.
May 17th – Eugene, OR
Hosting Partner: Cascadia Wildlands
About Cascadia Wildlands: Cascadia Wildlands is a grassroots conservation organization known for its innovative and effective campaigns. Our five-person staff, active board of directors and advisory council, and dedicated volunteers, accomplish a great deal with limited resources through advocacy, outreach, education, and litigation. Our work is sustained by generous people like you, local businesses, grant-making foundations, and inspiring fundraising events. We envision vast old-growth forests, rivers full of wild salmon, wolves howling in the backcountry, and vibrant communities sustained by the unique landscapes of the Cascadia bioregion
May 17th – Sedona, AZ
Hosting Partner: Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project
About Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project: The Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project (GCWRP) works collaboratively with partner organizations to educate and motivate the regional public to support wolf restoration. By creating meaningful opportunities for the public to learn about wolves, experience their habitat first-hand, interact with land managers and engage in public decision-making, we are making positive grassroots change to achieve improved and sustainable habitat conditions for wildlife, specifically wolves. Our goals are to compel leadership within the Grand Canyon National Park, surrounding land management agencies, and the regional community to help lead the way for the return of Mexican gray wolves, the most endangered subspecies of wolf in the world, to a suitable portion of their historic range in Arizona.
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.