About our Storytelling
We believe that stories can engage, inform, and move people to action – Engaging people through storytelling is crucial to helping citizens sort through the bombardment of information they are flooded with in the digital age. We seek to build stories that not only provide accurate information, but also speak truth to the human condition that far too often is ignored in debates regarding conservation.
We are planning to expand our storytelling and public engagement efforts this year and would like to further establish Pacific Rivers’ credentials as storytellers by building a permanent program dedicated to expanding public engagement through video, photographs, online and print media, social media and public events.
Oregon clear cuts in a drinking watershed
Our Goals and Objectives:
The primary purpose of Pacific Rivers’ storytelling work is to engage, educate and expand an audience on issues that impact water quality and quantity, native fish, human health, and the economic costs and benefits of conservation. Due to economic hardship in many rural communities and increasing political polarization, we believe it is essential to engage people with accurate information and an earnest desire to forge common ground. Furthermore, we believe that future conservation will require compromise. Thus, the purpose of our storytelling project is to build a foundation that breaks the gridlock of polarization and builds a middle ground.
2018- 2019 Plans
* A River's Last Chance film tour: We have submitted to 37 film festivals across the country and will be embarking on a grass-roots action tour across the west coast to help garnish support for dam removal and environmental protections from the rogue marijuana industry along California's Eel River.
*Wild and Scenic : A 3 act 10 min film celebrating the 50th anniversery of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the 30th anniversary Oregon's Omnibus Bill, the largest river protection in US history that was championed by Pacific River's and the current campaigns of Wild Olympics and Montanan's For Healthy River's that would collectively protect 74 of America's most stunning rivers.
* For the River: 2018 is the 30th anniversary of Pacific Rivers and this short 5 min video will look back at the organizations history and into the future.
*Oregon Forest Practices Act: Short formed content will support our efforts to reform the OFPA
*Region 6: Defending National Forest Lands and River's: Our public forest service lands are in grave risk of a change in management, that for the first time in 25 years would allow industrial clear cut logging across 27 million acres that are the headwaters of America's most iconic rivers and salmon strongholds.
*Chehalis Dam: Washington's second largest river and a key salmon stronghold is facing the prospects of a new dam to be used as flood control. This under the radar dam proposal needs to be presented to the people of Washington state before it's too late.
*The Watershed: An educational animation series that breaks down how watersheds work.