Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Pepperwood Cosponsors Santa Rosa Premiere of OR7 - The Journey

Join the Center for Biological Diversity, Sonoma Land Trust, Sonoma County Conservation Action and Pepperwood Preserve in celebrating the Santa Rosa premiere screening of the documentary OR7 - The Journey, an inspiring film about Oregon’s famous wandering gray wolf who even made his way into California.

The screening will take place at Summerfield Cinemas at 551 Summerfield Rd. in Santa Rosa on Wed. Aug. 26 at 7pm. 

UPDATE: The Wed. Aug. 26th screening is SOLD OUT but due to popular demand a second night showing has been added on Thu. Aug. 27th, also at 7pm. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased here.

OR7 - The Journey documents a remarkable wildlife success story that is taking shape in Oregon and the potential for regional recovery of wolves in the Pacific West. While Oregon's last wolf bounty was paid in 1947, wolves have begun to slowly rebound after they were granted protections under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1973. Oregon is once again home to a fragile, recovering population of gray wolves.

All of Oregon’s wolves resided in the northeast corner of the state until one male dispersed from his pack in 2011 and made history by becoming the first documented wolf west of the Cascades since 1947, and the first in California in nearly a century. In the process, he inspired people around the world and has become an ambassador for recovering native wildlife. That wolf was dubbed OR-7 by biologists and was given the name “Journey” by schoolchildren in a naming contest.

The film tells Journey’s story, not just as an adventure thousands of miles in the making, but representing the return of his species to their native habitats. It explores an awakening in how Americans view native wildlife and wild places, and the increasing conflict between 21st century science and values, and the old prejudices and politics that put the future of wolves - and OR-7 - in jeopardy.

Click the image to the left to watch the trailer. 

Come celebrate wolf recovery, wildlife, and OR-7's epic journey. A Q&A session will take place after the movie with filmmaker Clemens Schenk and Amaroq Weiss of the Center for Biological Diversity. Since California’s state wildlife agency will soon be releasing for public comment a draft state wolf plan, this film screening and opportunity to ask questions about wolf conservation could not be more timely.

 Click here to purchase tickets.

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