Pacific Rivers Storytelling The future of environmental advocacy

Shane Anderson filming for "A River's Last Chance"

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.

Shane Anderson filming for "A River's Last Chance"

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.

Over the next year, Pacific Rivers plans to produce a series of vignettes with filmmaker Shane Anderson, which will focus on some of the most vexing environmental issues that impact water resources. Our goal is to finish the feature film " A River's Last Chance" and complete 2-4 short films that can be presented and promoted online and distributed through our website, social media, earned media, and public events.

Shane Anderson filming for " A River's Last Chance"


Over 50 public screeings +featured on Oregon Public Television + 24,168 total views online +ACTION "Reform the Oregon Forest Practices Act" Budget $25,000
FRANK MOORE WILD STEELHEAD SACTUARY OUTREACH FILM + Budget $10,000+ 109,075 online views+ACTION Pacific Rivers introduced the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary Bill to protect 110k acres in the North Umpqua Basin.
In production 226,411 video preview views Budget $120,000 + ACTION "FERC Dam Re-licensing, Community outreach and education for cannabis compliance/ environmental impacts, Support Wyiot tribe to gain fishing rights"
Director of storyteslling Shane Anderson and crew member Adam Lutz filming "A River's Last Chance"

Future Projects



"Greenwashing The Forest"

"Greenwashing The Forest" 5 min TRT + A partnership with Forest Ethics exposing the greenwashing of the forest products industry in the Northwest. Companies labeled as sustainable are effecting the health of communities and fish an wildlife under the guise of the "Sustainable Forestry Initiative" a marketing ploy by the timber industry to undermine FSC "Forest Stewardship Council"

The Last Wilderness

The Last Wilderness a 30 min documentary film + Shane Anderson and team with embark on a odyssey hiking over 100 miles of the Olympic Peninsula Wilderness from the Southern Flanks to the North where the Elwha River meets the sea. With a Bill in congress aiming to designate the river's of the OP as wild and scenic , climate change that is melting glaciers , possibilities of future logging on National Forest, a collapse of salmon and steelhead and the success of the Elwha Dam removal, the time to tell the story of the Last Wilderness is now.

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