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Our Local Epic – Bellingham Premiere
March 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Please join the Nooksack Wild and Scenic Campaign for the Bellingham Premiere of Our Local Epic on Monday, March 20th at the Pickford Film Center at 6 pm.
Our Local Epic is a film about early whitewater kayak pioneers, and the efforts to protect the pristine Clarks Fork Box Canyon on the Yellowstone River from a massive dam. The evening will feature a special appearance by Reg Lake, one of the pioneers to first explore the gorge by kayak.
Staged against the backdrop of one of North America’s wildest and most remote areas, is the story and history of the Box Canyon of the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone river and the desperate battle to protect it. Steeped in the lore of Chief Joseph’s escape from pursuing cavalry, the place was believed to be impassible. Adventurous kayakers began exploring the depths of the canyon just as a massive dam development project began to unfold, threatening the very existence of this pristine national treasure. Unlikely alliances, the intertwining of different lives, and the work of one tireless man served to stem the tide of destruction. But, as Yvon Chouinard points out, “I’ve seen a lot of destruction in my day, and not a lot of successes.” Sometimes the battle to protect an area is its own reward.
This FREE event is hosted by American Rivers, American Whitewater, North Sound-Trout Unlimited, and RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. Please RSVP at Our Local Epic – Bellingham Premiere so we can plan accordingly. Beer from Aslan Brewing Co. will be available for purchase. Proceeds will support the Nooksack Wild and Scenic campaign.