The Salmon Forest is a 30-minute documentary film that explores the connection between wild salmon and life in the Tongass, America’s largest National Forest.
The film follows salmon on their epic migration from the streams
of the forest, to the ocean and back, revealing the various lives they impact along the way.
Pull in a huge catch with commercial fishermen, explore the breathtaking
landscapes that draw in millions, watch as a mother bear lunges
into a stream to feed her cubs, visit a native Tlingit community to better
understand salmon’s cultural significance, and meet the people who are working day and night to ensure this public resource is protected for generations to come.
Filmed in stunning ultra high definition, The Salmon Forest highlights one of the
last great wild homes for salmon on earth while provoking a deeper understanding of this complex and beautiful ecosystem.
Ultimately the film celebrates the unique role public lands play in salmon production while reminding us that proper management can support commercial fisheries, subsistence, recreation, and healthy forests.
Pioneer Studios is a video production company based in Denver, Colorado specializing in high-end productions for web, television, and independent distribution. Their work has taken them around the globe on projects for National Geographic, Smithsonian, PBS, HGTV, Discovery and many others.
Since its founding in 2007, Pioneer Studios has spent extensive time in Alaska and the Tongass National Forest. Founder Ben Hamilton has made Sitka a second home, traveling there for the past seven years to showcase the beauty and depth of this region. Keeping with the company’s mission to better the world through visual storytelling, the team is passionate about bringing to light important issues affecting the Tongass. Most notably, Pioneer Studios produced The Meaning of Wild in the spring of 2014 in partnership with the US Forest Service and the Sitka Conservation Society. The documentary celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and takes viewers on a journey to better understand, appreciate, and draw meaning from wild landscapes. The film has been greatly received in screenings across the country and recognized through numerous awards, including the Wilderness Stewardship Award from the US Forest Service