Thursday, December 13, 2018

"Lost Forests of New England" film screening

If you live within driving distance of Amherst, MA, you may be interested in an upcoming screening of The Lost Forests of New England, to be presented on January 23, 2019, at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment.

The 7pm showing will feature our film, which is the story of central New England's old-growth forests... what they once were, what happened to them since European settlers arrived, and what remains of them today. Characteristics of our primitive forests will be highlighted, as well as their many ecological values.
Following the film, there will be a panel of experts to answer questions about our remnant New England old-growth forests, and to discuss the need for forest expanses of large, old trees as a remedy for climate issues.

The panelists will include nationally known old-growth forest sleuth and author Bob Leverett (who appears in the film); Bill Moomaw, Professor Emeritus of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and Chair of the Woods Hole Research Center; and Ray Asselin, the filmmaker.

Bob, a retired engineer and mathematician, has been exploring, measuring, documenting, and writing about old growth forests across the country for many decades. Bill is a retired chemist and has a long list of credits and accomplishments in the field of climate policy. They are currently collaborating on a scientific white paper to document the importance of large, old trees in sequestering carbon, a topic of much scientific interest today.

Bob Leverett (L), Bill Moomaw

This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about ancient northeast forests and why more and more people are now recognizing their value, beauty, and importance.

For specific event information, contact Hitchcock Center for the Environment.