New Film Demonstrates the Need to Protect the Rogue River

Film journeys down Wild and Scenic section and explores the need for protecting the river and its salmon and steelhead streams

October 29th, 2008

Kavita Heyn, American Rivers, 503.827.8648 

Portland, OR – “Run, Rogue, Run,” a short film which American Rivers helped produce, will premiere at two film festivals next weekend in Medford and Portland. The film takes viewers on a journey down the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon and explores the need for protecting the river and its salmon and steelhead streams.

“This film demonstrates how necessary it is to preserve this vital and unique river and will inspire viewers to take action,” said Kavita Heyn, Associate Director of Oregon Conservation Programs at American Rivers. 

The Rogue River is among the nation’s most iconic wild rivers.  It was one of the original rivers designated under the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and remains a world-class whitewater rafting destination. The river and its tributaries are also home to vibrant runs of salmon and steelhead, which are the cornerstone of the multi-million dollar commercial and sport fishing industries. Overall, tourism generated by the river provides over $14 million and 225 jobs in southern Oregon. 

Despite these clear incentives to preserve the Rogue River, it is listed in America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2008 Edition due to the threat of harmful logging. The logging would destroy the shade that keeps stream temperatures cool, and  harm the overall health of the river, its fish and wildlife, and the vital income the river generates for the community.

The most effective way to prohibit harmful logging and protect this river is to designate 40 tributaries of the Rogue as Wild and Scenic. This film will help Oregonians understand the need to take action now by contacting their congressional leaders and urging them to support Wild and Scenic legislation.

American Rivers partnered with the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, the Siskiyou Project, Echo River Trips, and the Epicocity Project, a film-making enterprise of adventure journalists, to create this film. It will premiere at the following two film festivals:

Medford Environmental Film Festival
Date: Friday, November 7th
Time: Show starts at 6:00 pm
Location: Medford Congregational United Church of Christ
1801 East Jackson St
Medford, OR 97504
Admission: Free!
Host: Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center

Patagonia’s Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival
Date: Saturday, November 8th
Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm; Show starts at 7:00pm
Location: Hollywood Theater
4122 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
Admission: $10
Host: The Native Fish Society  


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American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 200,000 members, supporters, and volunteers.

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