Forestry Film and Video

Cedar shingle wall, Eberswalde, Germany. Photo: E. R. Wilson 2015
Cedar shingle wall, Eberswalde, Germany. Photo: E. R. Wilson 2015

Film and video about forestry and forest conservation produced by a range of broadcasters and environmental organisations. The films are hosted on YouTube and other media platforms.

Can Europe’s forests still be saved? | DW Documentary | Posted 17 05 2021.

Two-and-a-half centuries ago, most of Europe’s woodlands were healthy. But those days are long gone. Across the continent, this habitat that stores water, restores the atmosphere, and hosts countless species of flora and fauna is now threatened.

The documentary tells the story of people committed to preserving the last pockets of primeval forest and woodland in Europe. It follows a group that tends Lübeck’s city forest and works with researchers to examine how woods fare when left to themselves.

The journey moves on to Lapland, where the indigenous Sami people are fighting to stop the paper industry from clear-cutting. The reindeer herders need the forest because their livestock eat the lichen that grows on the trees. The challenge they face is great, as the booming mail-order business drives up demand for wood used to make cardboard packaging.

From there it’s off to the Massif Central, where a German-French couple is fighting to improve a forest economy plagued by clear-cutting and monoculture. Together with 130 others they have bought up woodlands and are managing them ecologically. Yet wood is valuable and often prompts greed. In Eastern Europe, corruption and violence have led to the murder of six foresters in Romania in the last year alone. What is being done to stop such crime?

The dead forest: impact of Ips bark beetle in Norway spruce plantations in France | Posted 02 04 2021.

Drought conditions and secondary invasion by the Ips typographus bark beetle have led to widespread damage and death of Norway spruce plantations in many regions of Europe. This short video from France shows the scale of the devastation in forest of Argonne. The area was heavily damaged during the First World War, and was largely re-forested with Norway spruce in monoculture plantations in the 1960s.

Oireachtas Joint Committee on Climate Action – Forestry, hearings 13 December 2019

The video includes the full proceedings of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Climate Action – Forestry on 13 December 2019. Key statements include those of Professor Aine Ni Dhubhain (42m15s) and Paddy Purser (48m05s). Paddy’s presentation deals with the potential of Continuous Cover Forestry as a climate adaptation strategy in Irelands forests. Uploaded: 20 Dec 2019.

Our Forests at Risk 

This documentary is part of a research and knowledge sharing project entitled “Costs and benefits of adapting to climate-induced changes in drought and wind regimes in New Brunswick’s forests”. The project is financed by Natural Resources Canada. The lead organisation is the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick. Additional partners include the Northern Hardwoods Research Institute and private sector experts. Uploaded: 29 Oct 2019.

Deforestation: What’s wrong with planting new forests?

Forest area has been increasing in some parts of the world, but deforestation is continuing at speed in others. Can the trees we are planting make up for those that are being cut down? BBC Reality Check’s Jack Goodman takes a look.

Our Planet: Forests

After centuries of clearing forest, find out from Sir David Attenborough why we could soon have more forest than any of us have ever known. In this segment from Our Planet (Netflix, 2019), he explains the importance of sustainable management for forest restoration and conservation.

The Northern Forest Project
(Video outlining the aims and ambition of the  Northern Forest, which will see the planting and expansion of woodland cover in northern England over coming years.)

The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Project
(The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) was launched in 2015. The QCC is a unique network of forest conservation initiatives, which involves all 53 countries of the Commonwealth.)

Talking Trees, by National Geographic
Short Film from National Geographic, based on the article “Talking Trees”, National Geographic Magazine, June 2018. Scientists have made a recent groundbreaking discovery — trees can talk. In fact, trees are more like us than we ever imagined. They can detect intruders, send warning signals to other trees, redistribute nutrients, and even recognize and nurture their kin. Explorer takes us high into the trees and beneath the forest floor to uncover a world …

“Talking Trees” by National Geographic from J.J. Kelley on Vimeo.

My Father’s Tools
(Short Film by Heather Condo. Produced by Wakiponi mobile on Vimeo, 2016)

Teagasc: Is My Conifer Forest Ready for Thinning?
(Produced by Teagasc, September 2016)

Confor: Our Forests, Our People
(Produced by Confor, February 2016)

BBC One Show: Sustainable Forestry in the UK
(First broadcast 29 October 2015)

BBC Countryfile: Sustainable Forestry and Architectural Design
(First broadcast 29 November 2015)

Royal Forestry Society: Leighton Redwoods
(Royal Forestry Society, North Wales Division, September 2013)

America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck & the Asheville Experiment
(Forest History Society, 2016)

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