Video: Blue Carbon- A Story from the Snohomish Estuary

What is the Green New Deal in action? Here’s a 5 minute overview of the work and reasons behind restoring the Snohomish Estuary, which could be considered an element of the New Green deal today.. An extremely clear story of why we need to restore salt water estuaries both for carbon sequestration, protection against storm surge, and much more. A fun watch! Especially share it with pre-teens and teens!


EVENT: Premiere of “Return of the River” on the Elwha Dam Removal

My friend and fellow filmmaker John Gussman has completed his epic film on the removal of the Elwha dam. Come see his film in Port Townsend

Friday, 6:30 p.m., Rose Theatre
Saturday, 12:15 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema

“Return of the River” is a feature documentary that tells the story of the largest dam removal and river restoration project in history, currently unfolding on the Elwha River in Washington State. The film explores an extraordinary community effort to set the river free, and shows an unlikely victory for environmental justice. Told by an ensemble cast of characters, “Return of the River” offers hope amid grim environmental news.

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New environmental short videos by John Williams

Kitsap based filmmaker John Williams has added a group of his latest short films to the Pacific NW Environmental Video channel on Vimeo. Check out his work, especially if you have young children.

Event(s): Public Showings of “Legacy of Our Ancestors: Treaty Resources of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

I’ve worked on this for the last couple of years. Now’s your chance to see it and learn more about this very important neighbor of us here on the Peninsula. Various dates over the next two weeks. All showings are free, donations are welcome to help offset costs. Tonight at Hadlock at the Jefferson County Library.  Tribal Elder and Co-Creator Marlin Holden will be present to share his thoughts and answer questions. 

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Coming Back: Restoring the Skokomish Watershed – Skokomish Watershed Action Team

A good overview of work being done on the Skokomish Watershed. Solid video production by the good people at North40 from over in Wenatchee.  A good mate to my work on the Dungeness Restoration. Different rivers, different priorities.

Members of the Skokomish Watershed Action Team have been collaborating for a decade on how to best restore the Skokomish watershed, located at the southern end of Hood Canal, in western Washington. From federal agencies to the Skokomish Tribe to private citizens, this is the story of how these very different groups have worked to restore the river after decades of logging and development in the area. North40 Productions (14 minutes)

My video on the Dungeness Recovery efforts.

New films highlight salmon recovery efforts across the State

From the State Department of Recreation and Conservation Office. Very well done videos by the good folks at North40 over in Wenatchee.

We at the Recreation and Conservation Office and the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office are proud of our work to finalize and distribute our new video and clips about salmon recovery in Washington State. Our wide distribution is in progress. Please help us spread the word about the salmon recovery story and our state’s great work to recover these iconic species.

The 10-minute video and 2-minute clips reveal why salmon are so important to Washington State. The videos present perspectives from tribes, agencies, scientists, public citizens and other salmon recovery partners working to bring salmon back from the brink of extinction. Visit our YouTube site and watch the videos.

We’ve had important successes in salmon recovery over the past several years. The videos emphasize some of the returns on our investments as well as the need for continued support. While we need to show the progress we are making, there is work ahead and some salmon populations are still in serious trouble. These issues are also detailed by the Treaty Indian Tribes in western Washington in their paper on tribal Treaty Rights at Risk and in the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission’s State of the Watersheds Report.

Please post the You Tube link to these videos on your website and Facebook page, as well as mention them in a tweet. It is our intent to share these videos broadly to shine light on the importance of salmon to our economy and our ecosystems.

Feel free to localize the message for your audiences. The short clips satisfy various interests by capturing perspectives from tribal and state co-managers to commercial fishers, landowners, scientists, and others. If you need information about how to embed the videos contact

PTMSC Sponsors Ikkatsu: The Roadless Coast Olympic Peninsula Premier Showing

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC) will sponsor the film’s Olympic Peninsula premier on Tuesday, January 15th at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., in Port Townsend at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for PTMSC members and $3 for youth.

With the debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami drifting on ocean currents toward the coast of North America, a small group of skilled sea-kayakers set out to document the flotsam as it began to come ashore along the remote and roadless Washington coast. Over the course of the summer, the team filmed their paddling adventures as well as the beach survey processes and the result is a 45-minute documentary that details every aspect of the project, from inception to completion.

Short overview of the “Salish Sea”

Shaw TV has created a nice 3minute overview on what the Salish Sea is and it’s importance. Good basic primer.

Interview with Cameron Little – young filmmaker from Voices project

Science Friday, the NPR show has a quick interview with the winners of the Oceans 2030 awards for the best environmental films done by young filmmakers. Tying for first place and earning a trip back to Washington D.C. for the awards was our own Cameron Little from Port Angeles, who we collaborated with to produce the second chapter in the Voices series, “The Scuba View”. Congratulations to Cameron, a young man who really impressed me with his natural ability to understand video production.

Check out the short video that includes a few comments from him, and the other winners. And watch all the videos by these young emerging talents.
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