Katie Falkenberg | 2017 | 6 min.
2019 Official Selection
Decades ago, poachers would set off explosives in the cool waters of this North Umpqua River tributary, killing wild steelhead by the dozens. That was before Lee Spencer settled in to watch over it. At a time when environmental protections are being lifted, scientific research budgets slashed and frenzied political battles center around single species, one man’s study and protection of the world in front of him is a throwback to conservation work rooted in bearing witness to simple truths in nature.