The cratering of wild steelhead populations can be attributed to everything from development, logging, and grazing to climate change, water extraction, dams, commercial fisheries, and hatcheries. Those forces, either in combination or on their own, have led to Endangered Species Act-listings in 11 out of 15 regions on the West Coast. Can the last vestiges of America’s wild steelhead be cradled back to health?
Shane Anderson’s film Wild Reverence “The Plight of the American Wild Steelhead”—chronicling the fish and its decline—seeks to find those answers.
“It would be nice to see a strategy that’s more proactive. That doesn’t wait until it’s an emergency before they send in an ambulance.”
By North Fork Studios, with Frank Moore, Kerry Burkheimer, Sean Hayes, April Vokey, Nate Koenigskrecht, Mikey Weir, Bill and John McMillan, and more.
Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.