ONE NIGHT ONLY – THURSDAY, APRIL 6 AT 6 PM
UPRIVER is a documentary film about the Willamette River and current efforts to restore it. With captivating underwater, aerial and time-lapse imagery of the Willamette, the film tells the story of the renewed sense of commitment to the river and sends the message that we can work as a community to overcome the challenges still ahead. Upriver covers over a dozen ongoing restoration efforts throughout the valley and features interviews with key scientists, people from the conservation community, and landowners.
BEHIND THE EMERALD CURTAIN
Are you ready to step “behind the emerald curtain” and see how Oregon’s private and state forests are managed? Oregon is perceived as a green progressive state, but logging laws lag far behind other states and fail to protect public health and the commons. From toxic herbicides being sprayed on communities and watersheds to drinking watersheds being clearcut, communities and ecosystems are suffering and paying the price as multi-national corporate logging companies make record profits.
TIMBER’S COVER UP
The timber industry leads Oregonians to believe that green tops are healthy forests. The truth is: we are being DECEIVED! Underneath those green tops is a wasteland of skinny Douglas fir trees and dead soils. You won’t find a healthy bio-diverse habitat! You won’t find shelter for deer, elk, birds and other forest creatures. The rapid rate of clear-cutting dries up streams and never gives soils time to recover. The timber industry is required to protect streams under Oregon Forest laws. What does Oregon get as a result of the industry following existing laws? With native plants and trees gone, hillsides become unstable, and soils collapse into streams. This makes waterways uninhabitable for fish. Chemicals are used to kill native vegetation so that Douglas fir trees become a dominant mono-crop. Aerial herbicide sprays drop toxic chemicals out of the sky. These poisons blanket the entire landscape and run off into streams. Seventy percent of Oregon communities get their drinking water from the same streams exposed to aerial sprays. This isn’t forestry – it’s just plantation farming on a giant, unsustainable scale. The timber industry is stuck in an old paradigm that disrupts ecosystems. Every 30-40 years, these fir plantations are clear-cut, sprayed with herbicides, then replanted with a single mono-crop. There is another way…A new generation of Oregon forest family businesses are growing … and harvesting …bio-diverse, resilient forests. A true working forest manages the natural attributes of mixed tree species for soil health, clean water, carbon storage, healthy communities…and good-paying jobs. This model represents the Oregon forest economy of the future.
Audience Discussion After the Films
Mr. Larry Six has over 40 years of experience in natural resource management. From 1987 through 1999, he served as executive director of the Pacific Fishery Management Council, which manages ocean fisheries off Washington, Oregon, and California. Prior to 1987, he was executive director of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Six worked as a self-employed consultant, working on various fishery projects. Currently, he is coordinator of the McKenzie Watershed Council and executive director of the McKenzie Watershed Alliance. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in fisheries science from Oregon State University.
Sarah Drydahl, Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council
Sarah Dyrdahl became the executive director of the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council in August 2015. Sarah has been working on rivers in Alaska and Oregon since 2004, including significant experience building and managing restoration programs for 4 additional watershed councils in Oregon – Coos, Calapooia, South Santiam, and North Santiam. Before migrating upstream to freshwater ecosystems, Sarah studied nearshore marine ecological communities along the Oregon Coast with the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO).
Chandra LeGue, Oregon Wild
Chandra LeGue moved to Oregon in 1999 to earn her Master’s degree in Environmental Studies, and has worked for Oregon Wild as their Western Oregon Field Coordinator since 2003. She is proud to engage in work protecting and restoring the forests and wildlands of her adopted home state. In addition to her work at Oregon Wild, Chandra has been involved with other non-profit groups and currently serves as the Board Chair for the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council.
ONE NIGHT ONLY – THURSDAY, APRIL 6 AT 6 PM