The film contains a segment with scenes from Simsbury’s own Belden Forest, the first Connecticut forest to be dedicated into the national Old Growth Forest Network.
The one-hour documentary uses vintage images, new footage, and aerial views to tell the 4-century story of the eastern white pine's critical contribution to America's founding and history. You may be surprised to learn how significant a role the tree played in this country's formation. And the white pine's importance to wildlife and people is related by three experts in their respective fields: famed Minnesota wildlife biologist Lynn Rogers; Trinity College neuroscientist Professor Susan Masino; and nationally known old-growth forest expert Bob Leverett.
Following the film there will be a Q&A session with old-growth forest expert and author Bob Leverett, neuroscientist and forest advocate Susan Masino, botanist and big-tree hunter Jared Lockwood, and filmmaker Ray Asselin.
The film will be shown at 6:30pm, after a reception and light supper at 6:00pm.
This special event will be a multi-sensory experience featuring pine needle tea, pine-enhanced snacks, and white pine forest fragrance. You can register at the library website. We hope to see you there.
|Belden's Massive White Pines|