Exploring Pando – Sevier County site to be included in IMAX film

A crew from MacGillivray Freeman Films works in Pando in October 2018. The filming the crew completed is part of a documentary film that is slated to premier Tuesday, Feb. 4, on IMAX screens across the country, including the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

Pando is the largest living organism known to exist on the planet, and is located in Sevier County. 

The clonal colony of quaking aspen — also known as The Trembling Giant — lies in the Fish Lake Basin and covers approximately 106 acres with more than 40,000 trees. 

An effort to make Pando a national heritage site is underway, said Elaine Street, member of the Pando Community Resource Project committee. 

“Wouldn’t it be cool to have a site located in Sevier County,” Street said. 

The site may get a boost as it is to be featured in a new documentary called “Into America’s Wild,” which is set to be screened at locations throughout the country starting Tuesday, Feb. 4. Included in the slate of IMAX screens to carry the film are the  Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. 

The 40-minute film was created with the intention of being screened at museums across the United States, and features many hidden treasure landscapes across the continent. 

Utah State University scientist Paul Rogers, director of the Western Aspen Alliance, helped crews with the filming.

“I took part in filming this segment, although I don’t know how big a role I will have when all the editing is done,” Rogers said. 

For more information or to view the trailer for the film, go to intoamericaswild.com. 

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