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Clearwater Videos

Clearwater Videos

Enjoy our videos that tell some of the stories behind the people, place and public land issues that shape the Clearwater Basin of North Central Idaho.

“The Wild Clearwater” reflects the rugged beauty and wild nature of the beautiful Clearwater Basin in North Central Idaho. It includes personal and heart-felt interviews with enrolled members of the Nez Perce Tribe (Nimiipuu), Friends of the Clearwater staff and members of the Board of Directors, as well as members of the organization.

“Clearwater’s Carnivores” explains why the roadless wildlands in the Clearwater Basin of North Central Idaho provides the best habitat for large carnivores anywhere in the Northern Rockies, including the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy interviews with researchers, enrolled members of the Nez Perce Tribe (Nimiipuu), Friends of the Clearwater staff and members of the Board of Directors, as well as members of the organization.


“Dirty Gold” captures the attitudes and illegal behavior of certain miners who refuse to obtain the necessary permits from state and federal agencies to legally dredge in Idaho. There has been a surge in illegal suction dredge mining on the South Fork of the Clearwater River on the Nez Perce National Forest.

We once had a thriving population of grizzly bears in the Salmon-Selway-Clearwater ecoregion, but all were killed during a century-long onslaught by European settlers. These Idaho and Montana wildlands are now the most extensive of any in the lower-48 states, with the promise of supporting as many grizzly bears as we currently have in the Greater Yellowstone and Northern Continental Divide Ecosystems. In “Grizzlies for the Clearwater: Beyond the Great Divide,” Dr. David Mattson describes the past, present, and future prospects for grizzly bears “beyond the Great Divide,” and makes a case for how natural colonization could lead to durable recovery of grizzlies in this part of the world.

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With thanks to Holly Schroeder, Lida Saskova, Tonda Lark and Arthur Uhlrich.

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