Trees in Trouble, Documentary Viewing at the Cary Institute


Trees in Trouble, Documentary Viewing at the Cary Institute 

Millbrook, N.Y. – On Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies will host the screening of Trees in Trouble, Saving America’s Urban Forests, a documentary, which reveals the rich history of our forests and how exotic pests are devouring the trees that give us so much pleasure.

Produced by award-winning filmmaker Andrea Torrice, Trees in Trouble weaves together urban forestry history, policy issues and science with personal stories. The film explores how public officials, citizens, scientists, and arborists work together to battle invasive insects such as the emerald ash borer and Asian longhorn beetle.

“America’s urban forests are under threat from exotic invasive insects and diseases,” says community forest consultant Jennifer Gulick. “The problems are being introduced now at an accelerated rate because of globalization, worldwide shipping and mass transportation.” Without local predators to keep them in check, foreign insects and diseases overtake native species and create havoc in ecosystems. 

Trees in Trouble also points towards solutions communities can take to protect native trees such as increased monitoring and public awareness and offers hope for the future.

Following the 27-minute film will be a Q&A with filmmaker Andrea Torrice and Cary Institute forest ecologist Dr. Gary Lovett.

Trees in Trouble was made possible through the support from the Ohio Humanities Council, Stephen H. Wilder Foundation, Craig Young Family Foundation and the TREE Fund. It is a project of the Center for Independent Documentary and the Media Working Group.

The event will be held in the Cary Institute auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44) in Millbrook, New York. For more information, call (845) 677-7600 x 121 or email freemanp Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Author: Harlem Valley News