Magazine article American Forests

Return to the Forest Where We Live

Magazine article American Forests

Return to the Forest Where We Live

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News from the world of Trees

The urban forest issue is hitting the airwaves. On September 23, Louisiana Public Broadcasting will premiere its new video, Return to the Forest Where We Live (LPB). This program, narrated by Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Nia Vardalos, explains the critical importance of urban forests to our cities, as well as the possible consequences that could result if we continue to neglect them. It covers the history of the environmental movement, from Gifford Pinchot, to Theodore Roosevelt, to American Forests itself. It also contends with the many threats to urban forests, listing not only development, but Dutch Elm disease, parasites, fire, and plain old neglect as enemies.

The program includes footage on urban forests all over the country, from those devastated by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, to those wiped out for development in Charlottle, North Carolina. With an emphasis on the mutual relationship of stewardship that we need to have with our urban forests, the program features input from conservation organizations such as the Sacramento Tree Foundation, Baton Rouge Green, Trees Atlanta, the USDA Forest Service, Environmental Action Coalition, and of course, yours truly. …

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