Synopsis by Sally Barber
From the extensive Audubon video series comes Ancient Forest: Rage Over Trees. This documentary investigates the heated controversy surrounding the old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. When settlers arrived at this rugged countryside, ancient forests covered the land. Only two percent of the old-growth trees have survived. Timber industry loggers advocate harvesting the remaining ancient forests and replanting trees; environmentalists maintain that harvesting destroys the natural ecosystem, animal habitat, and the tourism trade. Film star Paul Newman hosts the debate between loggers and conservationists over the last of Oregon's ancient forests. The video is closed captioned, and a study guide is available.