The staff of Crater Lake National Park received the Oregon Governor’s Film Advocate Award for their work in bringing the memoir “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” to the big screen. Craig Ackerman, Superintendent of Crater Lake National Park and Carolyn Hill, Executive Director of the Crater Lake National Park Trust, accepted the award January 6 on behalf of the staff at the Oregon Film’s Annual Governor’s Awards at the Eastside Exchange Ballroom in Portland.
“Wild,” starring actress Reese Witherspoon, is based on author Cheryl Strayed's first-person account of her 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to the Washington border. Portions of the movie were shot at the National Park.
In a statement read by Strayed at the awards event, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden commended the staff for assisting the filmmakers during their production.
“Their fantastic service to the producers of the movie ‘Wild’ means the entire world can now share in witnessing the matchless beauty of one of Oregon’s ‘seven wonders’ – the treasure we proudly call Crater Lake,” Wyden said.
“When Cheryl called my office seeking help, I was pleased to work with exemplary public servants such as Craig Ackerman and his entire staff,” Wyden added. “They ensured the movie crew had the access — and the assistance they needed — to film in the national park as soon as possible. Thanks to their work and that of Crater Lake National Park Trust Executive Director Carolyn Hill, this collaboration helped to produce a spectacular film that showcases Oregon’s natural icons.”
Hill acknowledged the importance of the Film Advocate Award to her organization’s mission.
“This recognition for Crater Lake National Park and for the Trust builds upon the goals we share – chiefly, to ensure a future in which the Park is widely recognized as an Oregon icon and a national treasure; and in which the Park serves as a thriving, world-class laboratory and science classroom,” Hill said.
“This also strengthens the national and international profile of Crater Lake and supports a project on which the Trust has been working for three years — a sister-park relationship with Mt. Wuyi World Heritage Site in Fujian Province, China.”
About the Crater Laker National Trust:
The Crater Lake National Park Trust is a nonprofit organization that helps to protect, promote, and enhance Crater Lake National Park, its unique water purity, and its value for human inspiration and knowledge.