Hidden amongst the evergreens and Madronas, the timber towns turned tech-centers that make up the northwest coast, there is an inland sea that escaped the eye of all who saw it until very recent times.
Set sail with Orion's crew as they voyage to the heart of the Pacific Northwest’s newly named inland waterway. Glide over and dive under this vibrant ecosystem on a month-long journey on the Salish Sea.
This expedition investigates the historical, political and ecological factors that went into the recognition of our newest inland sea. The film creates a sense of place highlighting some of the most iconic species and seascapes of the Salish Sea ecosystem.
The Unknown Sea A Voyage on the Salish explores the natural and cultural history of the area through interviews of people deeply connected with the Salish Sea.
Now in the international spotlight this dynamic place which contains the new San Juan Islands National Monument, proposed coal and tar sands export terminals, and the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, Captain Kevin Campion and his film team know that now is the time to show the Salish Sea to the world.
What is the Salish Sea Map courtesey of Stefan Freelan, Western Washington University
The Salish Sea is the name for the body of water consisting of the Straits of Juan De Fuca, The Straits of Georgia, The Puget Sound, Hood Canal, the San Juan Islands, and the Gulf Islands. A majority of researchers also consider all the connecting watersheds part of the Salish Sea such as the Fraser and Snohomish rivers. The name recognizes and pays tribute to the areas first inhabitants the Coast Salish.
Discovered by researchers in the last two decades and recognized by the US and Canada in 2009-2010 The Salish Sea is our newest inland sea.
Why Make a film about the Salish Sea?
The Salish Sea faces many environmental challenges, over a century of industry along its shorelines and watersheds have significantly effected the ecology of the Salish. It is home to over 100 species considered threatened or endangered including the Southern Resident Killer Whales.
The Salish Sea is increasingly used as a marine highway and the threat of a major oil spill is very real and increasing as well as the threat from expanded coal and oil export terminals along it shores.
The fate of the Salish is often left to policy makers and citizens who know little of the areas interconnectedness and ecological function. Deep Green Wilderness Productions hopes to change this by introducing people to the Salish in a way that encourages critical thinking about the natural and cultural history of the area and how the two are connected.
How can you help?
You can help in any of the ways listed below. Please contact us with any questions or comments about the film, we are always happy to chat about the Salish Sea firstname.lastname@example.org
we are still raising money for post production of the film and have partnered with the Ocean Foundation to accept tax deductible donations.
There are many levels of sponsorship please contact us for more details
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Who Will See the film?
The film will be shown to residents of the Salish Basin at film festivals and events.
There will be broadcast and online distribution.
A STEM curriculum is being developed to accompany the film in high school classrooms.