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Wild and Scenic Film Festival Includes Bad Yelp Reviews of National Parks
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Wednesday, October 26, 2022
 

STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

Some people just aren’t that impressed with our national parks.

“A hole. A very, very large hole,” wrote one visitor to the Grand Canyon in a one-star review online.

“Too cold for me,” wrote another about Glacier National Park.

“It’s a desert with some dead trees,” wrote still another about the Petrified Forest.

Amber Share took notice and began featuring the Yelp-like comments in her Instagram account @subparparks.” along with original satirical art. She published “Subpar Parks: America’s Most Extraordinary National Parks and Their Least Impressed Visitors.”

And the National Park Service has created a short film titled “One Star Reviews: National Parks,” which viewers can watch tonight during the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.

Idaho Rivers United is hosting its annual film fest, designed to inspire environmental activism and a love for nature, tonight--Wednesday, Oct. 26--at Ketchum’s Limelight Hotel. Doors open at 6 p.m. Drinks and films will follow.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for river guides, students and seniors, available at https://idahoriversunited.salsalabs.org/wildscenicfilmfestival2022/index.html. Questions? Call 208-343-7481.

This year’s lineup includes:

“Land of the Yakamas”—About the degradation of the environment on the homelands and waters of the Yakama Nation over the past 150 years.

“The Voice of a River”—Tells the story of Mark Dubois who in 1979 chained himself to a rock behind the New Melones Dam in the Stanislaus River Canyon and threw away the key, prepared to drown if the Army Corps of Engineers continued to fill the reservoir.

“A Flyfishing Refugee”—Features a Polish dissident who yearns for wild rivers and not much else, becoming a conservationist in the process.

“A River Reborn”—Tells the story of the Little Conemaugh in Pennsylvania and how conservationists brought it back to life from orange sludge that was believed to be irreversible.

“If You give a Beach a Bottle”—Max Romey is surprised by the amount of marine debris from all over the world that he finds on a remote beach in Alaska.

“An Alaskan Fight”—About a conservation’s fight for Bristol Bay, Alaska over a decade.

“The Fish & the Flame”—About a man who hikes into wildfires to rescue fish.

“Finding Salmon”—Follows an 11-year-old in a program that connects Northwest youth to their rivers.

“Guardians of the River”—Indigenous leaders share why removing dams to restore a healthy Klamath River is critical.

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