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Hi George, I hope you are doing well man! First off, thank you so...

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Hi George, I hope you are doing well man!

First off, thank you so much for participating with this film - Eternally Wild. Lost Coast Outfitters played an integral part in the production with the gear sponsorship, which is always a key component when making a film like this.

Eternally Wild is now complete and I’m very happy to say it has been accepted to the Wild & Scenic film tour which was our goal at the onset. It will premiere in January 2016 in Grass Valley, CA and then go on a worldwide tour reaching 140 cities around the globe.

I’m attaching a link to the trailer and a few photos, for your social media if you’d like.

Thanks again for your support!

THE THREAT:

The Red Flat Nickel Corporation has applied to drill test 59 locations over 4000 acres on the pristine North Fork of the Smith River. This would pave the way for one of the largest nickel mines in the Western United States. The EPA (Environmental Protection Act) considers hard-rock mining one of the most toxic polluters in the U.S.

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GOAL:

Keith Brauneis Productions and CalTrout created a short film about California’s Smith River that will raise awareness of this Wild and Scenic river, its steelhead, its history and its current plight. We will examine current conditions and discuss future threats.

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BACK STORY:

The remarkable river with a common name, California’s Smith River draws anglers from far away for a chance at its wild salmon and steelhead. Geology and location result in a unique river, draining from the Siskiyou Mountains and the Coast Range. While elsewhere, Northern California’s Coast range represents the Franciscan Formation, primarily sandstone, here it more closely aligns with the geology of the Klamath Mountains. Ultramafic rock appears as the oceanic crust collides with the continental crust, resulting in the surface appearance of ancient oceanic serpentine rock.

Steep canyons, combined with heavy rainfall (in some areas, over 200 inches per year), scour these bedrock gorges. The river rises fast, yet recedes just as quickly. Very little sediment is carried by the Smith, resulting in the remarkable jade green and sapphire blues of water so clear, you might be inclined to jump off the drift boat and wade to shore. As one nameless person on our trip discovered, the Big Gulp is a simple step away.

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The Smith River has become a poster-child for how, with forward thinking and by dint of hard work, an entire watershed can be protected. Here there are no dams, no wretched clear-cut blocks, no mitigating hatcheries. Instead, ancient forest, including iconic redwood, cloak canyon walls.

The fishery, as a result, is remarkable. Salmon over 60 lbs, and the state record for steelhead, over 27 lbs. Species genetically adapted to heavy fast water, featuring massive caudal fins, or as expert angler Dustin Revel calls their tails, ‘giant paddles.’ These fish will make you feel under gunned even with a stout rod.

And they’re not easy to catch…

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