a blog & documentary ~ in the making

by Lisa Redfern

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Story-based Study of the Deer Creek Watershed

Following Deer Creek is a story-based study of the Deer Creek watershed. Much of the creek traverses through private property and is hidden from view. It is a vastly unknown beauty that flows through the heart of the community.

In the winter of 2017, when water levels reached heights that hadn’t been seen in a decade, Lisa Redfern set out to photograph and film various locations along the creek’s thirty-four-mile length. This began a journey of discovery.

Watershed Overview

Plate tectonics created the Smartville Block, ancient uplifted ocean floor and hard granite, that comprises much of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Approximately 7,000 Native People lived in the territory before the Gold Rush lured white men and an array of people from various cultures.

During the Victorian era with strict social rules, newcomers actualized an atmosphere where personal failure and reinvention were acceptable. Ingenuity, invention, the attitude that only ‘civilized’ people had rights to the land, and the quest to get rich resulted in long-term environmental damage that is an on-going concern in the present day.

The twentieth century saw more changes. Further development of water rights, the narrow-gauge railroad, farming, forestry, building the freeway, and several large-scale planned communities contributed to the watershed community we now recognize.

Documentary Film in the Making

The blog (and eventual documentary film) is a personal passion project of Lisa Redfern, a local author, artist, and photographer. She creates blog posts about the plants and animals she observes as well as historical reenactments, and interviews with historians, long-time residents, and representatives from agencies that connect with the waterway.

Many posts include custom created artwork for her Life on the Creek series, made-to-order home and clothing items. Five dollars from each sale (above production and shipping costs) supports the blog and film project (savings for a narrator, music, and audio/video editing assistance). Once the film is complete, Life on the Creek proceeds will be donated to stream stewardship organizations.

 

 

 

 

 

Contact:

e-mail: lisa ‘at’ redfern ‘dot’ biz
cell / txt: (530) 559-4367

 

 

 

Resources

Books:

Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss, and Luck, Gary Noy
Gold Rush Stories book review by Lisa Redfern

History of Us: Nisenan Tribe of the Nevada City Rancheria, Richard B. Johnson

Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues, Gary Noy

Tribal Land Conservation, Beth Rose Middleton
Wildflowers & Trees and Shrubs, Redbud Chapter of California Native Plant Society

Documentaries & Films:

Online Books:


1856 – Nevada (City), Grass Valley & Rough & Ready General Directory of Citizens; a historical sketch of Nevada County,  A. A. Sargent, ESQ
Three Years in California, J.D. Borthwick

PDF’s:

California Native Plants for Placer and Nevada Counties – Lani Houck
Division of Agricultural Sciences, University of California – California Range Brushlands and Browse Plants  – Arthur Sampson and Beryl Jesperson (pg. 129)

Websites:

Bear Yuba Land Trust
California Native Plant Society – Redbud Chapter
CalPhotos – California Universty, Berkeley- 2,965 photos of plants, animals, fossils, people, and landscapes from Nevada County.
California Wildlife YouTube videos
Deer Creek YouTube videos

ebird sightings recorded along Deer Creek

Forest Trails Alliance Facebook page
Gold Rush History: 49ers Left Rich Legacy of Outrageous Names
History of Tahoe National Forest: 1840 – 1940
Internet Bird Collection
Keep Me Wild Campaign – California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Nevada City Chamber of Commerce – Nevada City, a colorful town that has prepared for its future by preserving its past
Nevada County Resource Conservation District
Nevada County Wildlife Services
Sierra College Press
Sierra Nevada Virtual Museum
Sierra Streams Institute
USGS California Water Science Center

 

Individual blog posts include additional resources.