Award winning journalist Greg King presents his breathtaking photos of the Smith River, in the far northwestern corner of California, while discussing the threat of pesticides and other impacts to this last of the state's wild rivers.
The Smith River is the only major undammed river in California, and it is one of the cleanest and most beautiful rivers in the world. Scientists are relying on the Smith River to maintain healthy populations of salmon and steelhead in order to have viable wild stocks that can recolonize other California and Oregon streams into the future. Yet even on the Smith River salmonids face an uphill battle against a damaged lower reach, and against ongoing pesticide use on Easter lily farms that surround the Smith River estuary.
Siskiyou Land Conservancy Executive Director and President Greg King has been active in California resource protection efforts since 1985. His investigation of illegal logging led to the eventual inclusion into the California State Park system of nearly 10,000 acres of forestland in western Sonoma County.
In 1987 King discovered and named Headwaters Forest, containing the largest unprotected ancient redwood groves in the world, 4,000 acres of which were permanently protected in 1997. King founded the non-profit Smith River Project, dedicated to protecting Californiaâ€™s wildest river, and in 2004 he founded Siskiyou Land Conservancy.
In 1999 King founded the non-profit Smith River Project, dedicated to protecting Californiaâ€™s wildest river, and in 2004 he founded Siskiyou Land Conservancy, a land trust and advocacy organization that serves five counties in northwestern California.
King is currently writing a book, The Ghost Forest, a history of the redwood ecosystem and redwood logging and protection efforts. His latest book, Rumors of Glory, the co-written memoir of Canadian rock star Bruce Cockburn, will be published by HarperOne on November 4, 2014.