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The Greatest Migration gives WA new view of endangered salmon

SEATTLE - You don't have to live along the Columbia or Snake Rivers to know some species of native Northwest salmon are endangered. Still, you may not know the whole story, and a new film aims to provide a closer perspective.

Filmmaker Andy Maser has just produced The Great Migration. It traces the 900-mile path of wild salmon, whose journey from Alaska, through Washington and Oregon to Idaho's Snake River, takes them higher and farther inland than any other salmon species.

"We're showing the emotional connection, the cultural connections that cause these fish to be the icon and the cornerstone species to the Northwest ecosystem."

The environmental journalists' production company EP Films worked with the group Save Our Wild Salmon to make the documentary. There will be a sneak preview on Wednesday, November 10, in Portland, Oregon, and the film will also compete at the 2011 Wild and Scenic Film Festival in January 2011.

Maser says the documentary focuses on people's personal connections to the migration of the wild salmon, and he hopes those connections will produce results.

"In the real-world situation, it is the economics and the politics that really get things done, but you have to get people motivated to care, to take that next step - to change the economics and change the politics and get those processes rolling."

Learn more about endangered wild salmon and view a trailer of The Great Migration on the Web at wildsalmon.org.


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