January 23, 2019 –
Mass. Forest Rescue encourages your attendance at this film screening at The Hitchcock Center:
Ray Asselin's "The Lost Forests of New England"
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
7 – 9 PM
845 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002
What were New England’s woodlands like prior to 1600? What do the small old-growth remnants look like today and what special values, if any, do they hold? "Lost Forests of New England" addresses these and other questions in an effort to bring clarity to a subject that is often lost in the mists of time. Producer Ray Asselin, naturalist and filmmaker from Wilbraham, Massachusetts, narrates the video.
The film features key scientists and naturalists associated with the discovery and study of New England’s remaining old-growth woodlands. These experts discuss the structure, ecology, history, and value of New England’s oldest forests, and their future prospects. The audience is treated to a visual tour of woodlands that have endured for centuries, through compelling images that compare and contrast the old growth sites with today’s highly altered landscape. The result is a side-by-side comparison between original and reshaped woodlands that makes a strong case for preserving the ancient remnants. This film is intended for the general public, but will serve the needs of resource managers, conservationists, and environmental interpreters alike. It runs for 56 minutes and 46 seconds.
The film will be followed by a panel with filmmaker Ray Asselin, joined by Bob Leverett and International Climate scientist, Prof.Bill Moomaw (Tufts)
Registration and donations appreciated: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-lost-forests-of-new-england-film-screening-registration-54002461817
"According to recent studies, timber harvesting in US forests releases more carbon dioxide annually than fossil fuel emissions from the residential and commercial sectors combined."
"We must manage our forest systems on a sound ecological basis, rather than as an economic growth-oriented business, and value the multiple ecosystem services that forests provide. One way to do this would be to pay landowners for maintaining standing forests instead of only subsidizing logging for timber, fiber or fuel.
"WE CANNOT LOG AND BURN OUR WAY TO A LOW-CARBON, STABLE CLIMATE FUTURE."
(Excerpts from "To Curb Climate Change, We Need to Protect and Expand US Forests", Truthout- 6-18-17, Professor Bill Moomaw)