|Ancient Massachusetts Hemlock Forest|
The film depicts what our primeval central New England forests looked like before European settlement 400 years ago, and what has become of them since.
The phenomenon known as "sheep fever", which was responsible for rapid wholesale clearing of our New England lands, is described by ecologist and author Tom Wessels. Harvard Forest scientists David Foster, David Orwig, and Neil Pederson are featured in the film, as are Tony D'Amato (University of Vermont), Peter Dunwiddie (University of Washington, formerly with MA Audubon), and Joan Maloof (founder of the Old Growth Forest Network). Old-growth forest expert Bob Leverett ties the story together, having played a central role in the discovery and documentation of much of the state's remnant old growth stands (as well as in many other states).
The 2018 film has been very well received and continues to be presented in local venues in New England.
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