BRINGING BACK THE BROOKS:В REVIVING THE SOUTHв’S TROUT (USA, 2015, 9 min.)В World PremiereВ A poetic look at a forgotten native of Appalachia, the Southern Appalachian brook trout, which is being brought back from the brinkвЂ¦ by hand, bucket, and hoof. В Directed by Jeremy Monroe and Dave Herasimtschuk. Produced by Freshwaters Illustrated in Partnership with the US Forest Service.
A DEEPER CREEK: THE WATCHABLEВ WATERS OF APPALACHIA (USA, 2014, 7 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere A virtual dive into into some of North Americaв’s richest rivers, and a fun look at an innovative river snorkeling program that has brought thousands of citizen snorkelers to the vibrant waters of Southern Appalachia. Directed by Jeremy Monroe and Dave Herasimtschuk. Produced by Freshwaters Illustrated in Partnership with the US Forest Service.
THE LAST DRAGONS: PROTECTINGВ APPALACHIAв’S HELLBENDERS (USA, 2014, 10 min.)В Washington, D.C. PremiereВ An intimate glimpse at North Americaв’s Eastern Hellbender, an ancient salamander that lives as much as myth as in realityвЂ¦ and in many waters, myths are all that remain of these sentinel stream-dwellers. Directed by Jeremy Monroe and Dave Herasimtschuk. Produced by Freshwaters Illustrated in Partnership with the US Forest Service.
Welcome by Tom Tidwell, Chief, USDA Forest Service.В Panel discussion, moderated byВ Robert Harper, US Forest Service, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants Staff Director, follows screening. Panelists:В filmmaker Jeremy Monroe, Freshwaters Illustrated; Tom Tidwell, Chief, USDA Forest Service;В Zeb Hogan, National Geographic; Jim Herrig, Cherokee National Forest; Lorie Stroup, National Forests of North Carolina; andВ Steve Moyer, VP for Government Affairs at Trout Unlimited.
Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.
FREE. Reservations highly encouraged. EmailВ firstname.lastname@example.org В with the subject line “RSVP” and your full name.В Please arrive at least 30 min. early to allow for security screening. Photo ID required. No food or drink allowed.В Use the entrance to the South Building located in Wing 4, half way down the block from Smithsonian Metro exit on Independence Avenue.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, South Building, Jefferson Auditorium, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. (Metro: Smithsonian)
Tom Tidwell, Chief, U.S. Forest Service
Tom Tidwell became the Chief of U.S. Forest Service in 2009 and is focused on implementing the Secretary of Agricultureв’s vision for Americaв’s forests, grasslands and watersheds. Under his leadership, the Forest Service is restoring healthy, resilient forest and grassland ecosystems to sustain all the benefits that Americans get from their wildlands, including plentiful supplies of clean water, abundant habitat for wildlife and fish, and renewable supplies of wood and energy. Such benefits are at risk from the effects of climate change, and under his leadership, the Forest Service has charted a national roadmap for addressing climate change through adaptation and mitigation.
Jim Herrig, Aquatic Biologist, Cherokee National Forest Service
Jim Herrig began working for the Forest Service in 1981 on Colorado national forests as a fisheries biologist focusing on trout. After moving to the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, he realized the extraordinary diversity of aquatic species, their beautiful coloration, unique adaptations to aquatic niches, and interrelationships with other organisms and the aquatic environment were unknown to the general public. Since 2000, he has introduced almost 5,000 people to the wonders of the freshwater streams of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. His snorkeling programs have educated school kids, environmental groups, and public officials. The long-term chances of survival for many of these species is now better because people know the animals, understand their needs, and want to see them protected.
Lorie Stroup, Fisheries Biologist, National Forests in North Carolina
Lorie Lewis Stroup is a fisheries biologist on the Pisgah National Forest where she worked since 2002. She has worked diligently with the local chapters of Trout Unlimited to restore and protect riparian habitat around trout streams. Lorie is a recipient of the вЂњEngaging Urban AmericaвЂќ regional foresterв’s award for her collaborative efforts hosting fishing events for special needs children and disabled veterans. Her love for all things aquatic led her to studying hellbenders with the North Carolina Wildlife Resourceв’s Commissionв’s expert herpetologist who is also featured in this film.
Zeb Hogan, National Geographic
Dr. Zeb Hogan has spent the past 20 years studying the worldв’s freshwater ecosystems, working to merge conservation science with conservation education and action. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Nevada-Reno, a National Geographic Society Fellow, United Nations Convention on Migratory Species Scientific Councilor for Fish, and presenter for the National Geographic television series вЂњMonster Fish.вЂќ Zebв’s research with the Mekong Fish Conservation Project and other National Geographic-sponsored projects have aided in understanding migratory patterns and population structures of imperiled freshwater fish. Zeb received his Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis in 2004.В For more information about Zeb and his research please see: .