THE RIVER RUNS ON follows conservationists as they struggle to manage two of the most important national forests in America - the Pisgah and Nantahala. The film follows the release of a forest management plan that will dictate how these two forests are managed for the next twenty years. The result is a meditation on our relationship to nature, our role in managing lands and what it may mean for the future.
I’m fortunate enough to live in the heart of Western North Carolina which is surrounded by two of the most magnificent national forests in the country - the Pisgah and Nantahala. The idea for this film began with the realization of how truly special these national forests are and wanting to explore what makes them so unique and thus, so important to conserve. This coincidentally just so happened to be when the US Forest Service was finishing their decade-long effort to figure out how to manage the million plus acres that make up these national forests. For me, it was the perfect opportunity to reflect on our relationship to nature and to use the plan as a meditation on our role as humans in the natural world. The film is a reflection of my love for this region of the world and a vision for how we can view our place within it.
MountainTrue champions resilient forests, clean waters, and healthy communities in the Southern Blue Ridge and envisions thriving communities in our mountain region that are connected to and help sustain both each other and our natural environment.
To achieve this, MountainTrue fosters and empowers residents throughout the region to engage in community planning, policy and project advocacy, and on-the-ground projects.
MountainTrue’s board, volunteers, and professional staff focus on a core set of issues across 23 counties of Western North Carolina: sensible land use, restoring public forests, protecting water quality, and promoting clean energy – all of which have a high impact on the environmental health and long-term prosperity of our region.