Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  58 minutes
Date:  1993
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Our Vanishing Forests

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The history and policies of the U.S. Forest Service.

Our Vanishing Forests

OUR VANISHING FORESTS examines the history and policies of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). In 1891 large tracts of U.S. forests were established as reserves in an effort to improve and protect our native forests. In 1906 these areas were designated National Forests and the USFS was empowered to manage them for the public trust.

Gifford Pinchot, the first head of the USFS, supported selective cutting as a means to conserve timber in balance with its use. Yet today less than 90% of our native National Forests remain. Since World War II, clearcutting has become the practice preferred by the USFS, and the rate of timber harvest from the National Forests has tripled. If we continue cutting at the current rate, we will wipe out all of our remaining forests within 20 years.

This film shows how the USFS, once the steward of wilderness, has abandoned its conservation ethic and now favors the interests of the timber industry.

'Don't watch this film unless you're prepared to be made furious...The old adage about pictures being worth a thousand words was never more apt than when applied to this well-made film.' Workbook

'Excellent report... examines many sides of the issues. Highly recommended.' Video Librarian

'The evidence is damning... well researched. Recommended.' Library Journal


Best of Show, NAAEE
Best Environmental, Ecological Program and Merit Awards, Intl. Wildlife Film Festival
Bronze Plaque, Columbus Intl. Film and Video Festival


Main credits

Slobodow, Arlen J. (film producer)
Slobodow, Arlen J. (film director)
Westfall-Rosen, Pamela (film producer)
Momaday, N. Scott (narrator)

Other credits

Camera, Bill Turnley [and 4 others].

Distributor credits

Public Interest Video Network

Arlen Slobodow

Public Interest Video Network
Arlen Slobodow
Narrated by N. Scott Momaday

Docuseek2 subjects

U.S. Government and Politics
American Studies
Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Forests and Rainforests
Habitat Destruction
Resource Planning and Management
Environmental History
Environmental Law
Late 20th Century (U.S. History)
American (U.S.) Studies

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Environmental Ethics
Forests and Rainforests
Natural Resources
Social Psychology
Social Studies


forests, Forest Service, reserves, public; "Our Vanishing Forests"; Bullfrog Films

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