First River: How Arkansas Saved A National Treasure
This film tells the story of how a grassroots movement saved the Buffalo River from damming and led to its destination as America's first National River. (G, 54 min.)
Sunday, April 3, 2022
The Buffalo National River in Arkansas draws more than one million visitors per year. But in the early 1960's, this pristine natural attraction was doomed to be dammed. A grassroots movement led by a small town doctor rose up. With perseverance, joining of forces, and a little luck, this group of homegrown conservationists not only saved the river from damming, but also helped it to gain permanent protection as America's first National River.
Director & Executive Producer: Michelle West Co-Producer: Guy Giamo-McClung Director of Photography: Rob West Narrated by: Laura Shatkus
Presented by the Ozark Society. Made possible by Peel Compton Foundation. With additional funding by: The Herschend Family The O'Reilly Family The Parnell Family
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