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NEVADA CITY, Calif. December 13, 2016 – The Nevada County BOS today unanimously proclaimed Jan. 12-16 as SYRCL WSSF days. SYRCL’s Executive Director Caleb Dardick and Festival Director Melinda Booth were on hand to accept the proclamation.


WHEREAS, the mission of the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) is to unite the community to protect and restore the Yuba River through advocacy, engaging in active stewardship, educating the public, and inspiring activism from the Sierra to the sea; and

WHEREAS, 2017 is the 15th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, which uses film to inspire activism and unite communities to heal the earth and film-goers are transformed into a congregation of committed activists, dedicated to saving our increasingly threatened planet; and

WHEREAS, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival raises resources and awareness for SYRCL’s initiatives to protect and restore the Yuba River; and

WHEREAS, since 2002, SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival has screened more than 1,000 environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet and the work communities are doing to protect the environment; and

WHEREAS, since 2002, more than 35,000 people have come to Nevada County, thereby also supporting the local economy, to enjoy five days of environmental and adventure films, activist workshops, special guests, an art exhibition, music, and celebrations; and

WHEREAS, in honor of this 15th anniversary, the acclaimed local poet Gary Snyder, who read at the inaugural film festival, will once again share his ecological vision in a special evening performance with the renowned artist Tom Killion, who will address this year’s theme, “At the Edge,” in their conversation; and

WHEREAS, the films shown in Nevada County are subsequently shared with the world through SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour program, which brings these films to more than 150 venues around the globe; and

WHEREAS, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival is recognized both locally and nationally as an important film festival event that highlights both the challenges and solutions to ensuring the protection of the environment for future generations.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors of Nevada County hereby proclaims January 12-16, 2017 as South Yuba River Citizen’s League’s 15th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival.