Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest

Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest

Conservation Northwest / May 04, 2017 / Work Updates

The producer of the documentary film Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest, David Moskowitz, gives an update on the film as well as the work of the Mountain Caribou Initiative

By David Moskowitz, producer of Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest

Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest is a documentary film delving into the tragically threatened world of endangered mountain caribou, their home in the world’s largest remaining inland temperate rainforest including areas of Washington and Idaho, and the critical human choices that will ultimately decide the fate of this stunning ecosystem.

We are hard at work on two fronts right now: production of a variety of multi-media educational and outreach content regarding mountain caribou and a final few months of content collection in the field for Last Stand.

Mountain caribou. Photo: David Moskowitz

Our film trailer is now out and available for watching here!

Director Colin Arisman has done a superb job with this and we’re now turning our attention to developing the full film, Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest.

We are also developing an illustrated educational map of the inland rainforest region that will eventually be made available for free for educators and community groups.

Braided River, who I am working with on a book on mountain caribou and the inland rainforest (slated for publication in 2018) will be launching a website for our entire project which will include all of our blog-posts, video content and a variety of other education materials, whose development is currently being spearheaded by Marcus Reynerson.

In the field, I am working on nailing down some particularly challenging images needed for the book over the next six months.

As for the caribou and the rainforest, this is the time of year that wildlife managers do their annual census counts, because the caribou are all lingering in open forests close to treeline and relatively easy to spot and count from the air.

A high elevation rain event wrecked snow conditions for winter recreation, so snowmobile and backcountry ski traffic in the high country is a bit slower then usual this time of year. We are about to enter the melt season which shuts down logging roads for a few weeks.

Other then that, it’s business as usual in the interior of British Columbia with old growth trees heading to the lumber and pulp mills every day.

To learn more about mountain caribou and conservation efforts aimed to save them and their habitat, join us on June 28 at the Seattle Mountaineers for a screening of the full length documentary Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest. For more information and tickets, visit our event page on Facebook.