Congratulations to filmmakers Ian Majszak and Bryan Gregson for getting a bit of recognition for their new short film about Trout Unlimited’s Tongass 77 campaign in Southeast Alaska. The film has captured a "best cinematography" award from The Drake Magazine’s 7th Annual Fly Fishing Video Awards, presented by Simms. One look at the trailer below, and you'll know why.
The film features the voice of TU Alaska Director Tim Bristol and focuses on the campaign to protect 2 million acres of irreplaceable watersheds in the Tongass that are vulnerable to development that can harm salmon--the economic and cultural lifeblood of Southeast Alaska.
The Tongass is easily one of the most unique places on earth in which to cast a line to migrating salmon (all five species of Pacific salmon use the diverse waters of this unbelievable national forest) as well Dolly Varden, steelhead, sea-run cutthroat and rainbow trout. The offshore fisheries for halibut, ling and rockfish are renowned the world over, as well. The film about the forest and TU's work to protect the natural resources that make it so productive will be released in its entirety later this fall--we'll let you know how to get your hands on a copy once the movie is available.
“It’s a success story. We’re building on success," Bristol says. "We have a healthy, viable fishery. We have a lot of people employed in the fishery. We have enough of the resource to go around for all the user groups. That’s something to be celebrated but it’s not something you take for granted. It’s not something that’s just always going to be there if you’re not a good steward, if you’re not proactive. So we want to take those next steps to make sure that we protect and conserve this resource over the long-term so it’s not something you just admire--it’s something you actually get to use, so that every year we have a healthy, fishable population of salmon."