“Natural Sanctuaries”

John Waller grew up in Dixonville and spent much of his childhood roaming the creeks and hills of Douglas County, oftentimes with a fishing pole.  After exploring careers of wild land firefighting, raft guiding, and as a high school science teacher, John started Uncage the Soul Productions in 2004, producing commercial and documentary video.   He will be speaking on the idea of “Sanctuary Streams” that are both refuges for wild salmonids and healthy fisheries, but that also value the healing and therapeutic activity of fly fishing, particularly for our veterans who struggle with PTSD.  The presentation will focus on the North Umpqua Watershed including Steamboat Creek, Frank Moore’s personal experience with PTSD and fly fishing following WWII, and Frank and Jeanne’s contribution to conservation in that watershed.