Wild salmon give their very lives so that life itself can continue. They are the inspiration for each episode asking change-makers in this world what they are doing to save the things they love most. Join filmmaker, Mark Titus as we connect with extraordinary humans saving what they love through radical compassion and meaningful action. Visit evaswild.com for more information.
#36 - Tim Troll - Executive Director, Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust
Tim Troll came to Alaska in 1978 as a VISTA volunteer lawyer and was assigned to an office in Bethel, a remote Yup’ik Indigeous community in Southwestern Alaska. After his tour of duty ended he became the village manager for the Yup’ik community of St. Mary’s on the Yukon River. Tim fell in love with the subsistence lifestyle, hunting, fishing and cultural traditions of these Alaska Native people.
He’s now the Executive Director of the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust, which he helped create in 1999. The Trust is a non-profit working to preserve critical places of incredible cultural and biological importance in the Bristol Bay region. This summer, Tim is sailing a double-ender sailboat (the kind of boat all Bristol Bay fishermen used to fish out of) from Homer – ending the journey in Naknek, Alaska – in the heart of Bristol Bay. Tim’s brother Ray is Alaska’s patron artist and his nephew Patrick is a musician and filmmaker and edits the Save What You Love podcast.
#35 - Phil Davis - Author, Salmon Activist
Phil wrote the children's book, "The Last Salmon" which has been turned into a play and is on its way to the big screen as an animated film. Phil offers a hopeful glimpse into acting locally to save the things we love.
#34 - Nanci Morris Lyon - Owner, Bear Trail Lodge
Nanci Morris Lyon is a pioneer in the fly-fishing world. She's a decades-long champion for Bristol Bay and she's a good friend to SWYL host, Mark Titus. Nanci housed and fed Mark while he was filming his documentaries The Breach and The Wild from 2012 - 2017. Nanci holds fly-fishing records and is Bristol Bay's first female to own and operate a full-blown world-class fishing lodge. In this episode Nanci talks about what it takes to persevere in the face of a decades-long conflict and what it means to her to pass the torch on to her daughter, Riley.
#33 - Tom Douglas - James Beard Award-Winning Chef
Tom Douglas is a James beard award-winning chef and restaurateur based in Seattle. If you live in the PNW, chances are you've encountered Tom at one of his restaurants, on his weekly radio show, on TV, or if you're lucky at one of his in-person Hot Stove Society cooking classes.
Tom has been an unwavering champion for the protection of Bristol Bay over the years. He's has been an Executive Producer on both Mark Titus' documentaries, The Breach and The Wild. Currently, Tom is carrying Eva's Wild Bristol Bay sockeye salmon in three of his restaurants: Lola, Carlile Room and Seatown.
#32 - Dr. Jen McIntyre - Professor of Aquatic Ecology, Washington State University
Dr. Jen McIntyre is a professor of aquatic ecology for the Washington State University’s Puyallup division. Mark and Jen break down her work with stormwater runoff and its deleterious effect on salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest. Pretty relevant with the onset of November rains here in Salmon Nation. Jen has led youth on wilderness adventures, earned a masters and her ph.D at the University of Washington and been published in dozens of major periodicals. And, she is a voice of hope. Her breakthrough research has led to identifying the exact toxic chemical in tires that are causing salmon harm. Mark and Jen talk about the work that is being done now to protect toxic runoff and the work that remains to be done.
#31 - Joel Reynolds – Western Director, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
NRDC’s principal institutional representative in the West, Joel Reynolds joined the organization as a senior attorney in 1990, after a decade with the Center for Law in the Public Interest and the Western Center on Law and Poverty, both in Los Angeles. Since 1980, he has specialized in complex law-reform litigation, arguing cases on behalf of environmental and community groups at all levels of the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also led several of NRDC’s largest campaigns: to preserve the birthing lagoon of gray whales in Baja California; to protect the California State Park at San Onofre; to reduce underwater noise pollution that threatens ocean wildlife; and, most recently, to halt the construction of the environmentally destructive Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. He has twice been selected California Attorney of the Year in the environmental category. From 1986 to 1990, Reynolds was an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Law Center. Since 2012, he has served as chair of the Tejon Ranch Conservancy, one of California’s largest land trusts. His articles and editorials appear frequently in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, the Huffington Post, and other major media outlets. A graduate of Columbia Law School in 1978, Reynolds is based in Santa Monica.
Salmon are life!
Thank you for this and for all the work you do with and for the salmon!
Fantastic conservation podcast!
I first heard about Mark Titus when I attended an event at the NW Film Forum that featured his film work for salmon recovery. I’ve been following and supporting Mark’s work with Eva’s Wild as much as I can since, and have thoroughly enjoyed his “Save What You Love” podcast. As the UX team lead for nonprofit Orcasound, my work to increase conservation efforts for the Southern Resident Killer Whales that call the Puget Sound region part of their home compliments Mark’s work. Salmon recovery affects an extensive marine ecosystem, which affects us humans as outdoor recreationalists and the fishing industry. Salmon recovery also affects terrestrial ecosystems that include the floral and fauna that depend on them as a food source. Mark’s work is absolutely critical to this endeavor, and I highly recommend the “Save What You Love” podcast for those who want to get involved at any level in the conservation of salmon.
Nature-focused storytelling at its best
Mark Titus is a powerful witness to why we love and depend on Nature. As a raccounter via film and podcast, he adeptly gets at the heart and soul of our connection to natural resources. He's an agile, incisive interviewer, teasing out powerful narratives from his inspiring guests. These intimate discussions reinforce why we should all save what we love.