A Message From James Redfield , author of the worldwide best seller The Celestine Prophecy
I grew up in the Alabama countryside, a region blessed with wonderful forests as far as the eye could see. Sadly, many of the forests I loved have been destroyed by clearcut logging and development.
Alabama is not alone in losing its precious virgin forests. 500 years ago, America was covered with one billion acres of towering forestsforests with giant trees one thousand years old, and a vast array of plants and animals living in natural harmony that has existed for millions of years. Tragically, 95% of America's original forests from Alabama to Alaska have been cut down.
Most of the last, untouched wild forests left in America are found in our National Forests. Almost unbelievably, the U.S. Forest Service allows international timber corporations to clearcut our last wild and Ancient forests on millions of acres of our publicly owned National Forests!
Recently, I walked amidst some of these sacred, Ancient groves in public forests in Oregon. Then, nearby, I walked amidst the devastation of an Ancient Forest that had just been clearcut and destroyed by a logging company.
The experience moved me so deeply that I decided to join the national movement to save America's Ancient Forests, and restore our wonderful National Forest system. The group leading this campaign is Save America's Forests. Their campaign is succeeding because it is based on people like you and me, people from all walks of life who have joined together because they care about wildlife and forests, and want to save our public lands for our children.
This forest of giant Ancient trees in the Umpqua National Forest, Oregon will soon be cut down. Help save it!
I journeyed with the leaders of Save America's Forests to the Ancient Forests of Oregon, and made this documentary of my dramatic visit to these ancient and spiritual forests.
You can share my journey, see what I saw, and learn how you too can help to save America's forests by obtaining a copy of this documentary video.
Photos--above: (c) Trygve Steen, 1996
top photo: (c) Francis Eatherington, 1998
The Last Ancient Forests with James Redfield
Produced by Save America’s Forests
Film Festival Awards Won
- Best Short Video Documentary, Saguaro Film Festival 1998, Scottsdale, Arizona
- Best Short Documentary, New York International Independent Film & Video Festival, 2000, New York, NY
- Best Environmental Film, 11th International Adventure Film Festival 1999, Calcutta, India
- Silver Award, Worldfest-Flagstaff International Film Festival, 1998, Flagstaff, Arizona
- Bronze Award, CINDY, 41st Annual International Cinema in Industry Competition, Environment and Ecology, Fall 1999, Spring Valley, CA
- Third Place, U.S. International Film & Video Festival 1999, Elmhurst, Illinois
- Third Best Amateur Nature Entry, Canadian International Annual Film and Video Festival 1999, Barrie, Ontario, Canada
- Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film and Video Festival 1999, 47th Annual Chris Awards, Columbus Ohio
- Honorable Mention, Forests Category, EarthVision ’98 Santa Cruz Environmental Film and Video Festival, Santa Cruz, CA
- Honorable Mention, Documentary Video, 20th Annual Utah Short Film & Video Festival 1999, Salt Lake City, Utah
- Certificate of Excellence, Media of Print (for video jacket design), Columbus International Film and Video Festival 1999, 47th Annual Chris Awards, Columbus, Ohio
- FRAPNA 14th International Nature and Environment Film Festival 1999, November, Grenoble, France
- 37th International Festival of Films on Science, Technology, and Art, Techfilm 1999, November, Prague, Czech Republic
- 20th Annual Utah Short Film & Video Festival 1999, October, Salt Lake City, Utah
- 11th International Adventure Film Festival 1999, December, Calcutta, India
- New York International Independent Film & Video Festival, February 2000, New York, NY