Exploring the value of British Columbia’s temperate rainforests
and how our communities can re-route their future.

Re-Rooted is a documentary film that aims to explore the current state of our temperate forests in the Pacific Northwest; their history, the current threats they face, and how we as a society can go about improving their health and managing them better for future commercial, recreational, social, environmental and wildlife purposes.

Synopsis

The expansive forests that make up our unique landscape provide seemingly endless amounts of recreation, industry and wilderness and make up a key element of BC’s identity. As our finite ancient forest stands diminish and we look to improve second growth management practices, it is imperative that we all have a voice in the future of forestry. While the public has grown increasingly aware of the visual aesthetic of this invaluable resource, competing stakeholders still struggle to manage it equally. In an era of growing consumer capitalism, dwindling resources and threat of climate change, what do we as a society value in these priceless carbon sinks and wild places? Do we value healthy, productive, functioning ecosystems, or merely a scenic drive through the Sea to Sky corridor? How is our approach and understanding of these natural systems relevant on a global scale, as well as within the greater pacific northwest? What is the true value of these last great stands of threatened temperate rainforest, and how can we go about rerouting our current path in a way that meets both the immediate and long term needs of all stakeholders involved?

Premise

Interviewing stakeholders from the Sea to Sky and surrounding areas, we aim to explore and expand on these questions from multiple perspectives to gain a broader understanding of how these forest ecosystems are valued. We plan on looking into Canada’s past from both indigenous and western perspectives, as well as examining it’s present situation locally and in relevant areas around BC. Taking into consideration a wide range of social, cultural, economic, recreational and environmental viewpoints, we hope to better understand all of the issues surrounding our forests & their potential futures.

The limited stands of ancient forest that remain see a large portion of headlines on this issue, often pitting environmentalists against industry over ethical matters of conservation. While it is a subject certainly worth discussing, the subject of this film will focus namely on forests as en evolving ecosystem through an ecological lens, and how to address future use of our forests – working with both environmentalists and industry to increase old-growth traits in second & third growth forests and modifying usage practices for the long term benefit of all.

Perspectives

We aim to create a solutions-based documentary, and thus gathering viewpoints and data from all sides of the discussion is crucial to inform our audience and inspire discussions for positive change. We plan on collecting input from a wide variety of perspectives, sitting down with people who represent the following stakeholder categories, all of which are integral in coming up with solutions for how we can manage our forest lands

Forestry Industry:
Management & Processing

Forestry is a major part of BC heritage and a significant contributor to the development of the province, although much has changed in the past 120 years since operations in the area have begun. What were historical logging practices within BC like, and what have some of the outcomes been? What is the relationship between the Forest Management and Forest Products sectors, and how has this relationship evolved and changed over the years? How has the industry adapted as regulations, technology, and economic factors have all changed on a global scale?

Forest Ecology

The science of forest ecology is constantly changing and evolving our understanding of how these intricate systems work. What is the natural forest succession of these forests, what is the outcome of good / poor management of these systems and how do we as both a species and society benefit from healthy forests?

Recreational Economy

Recreation and ecotourism have been steadily growing sectors of the Canadian economy over the past several decades, and these users have quickly become active stakeholders in healthy forest systems. However, a majority of their access is based on existing logging roads cut by forest industry operations. How can we work with those who manage a forest to reach a balance in which both parties are satisfied? What is the value of recreation within the Canadian economy, and how does in influence communities?

First Nations
Influence & Role

First Nations have managed and lived within these forests since time immemorial, forming a unique understanding and bond with the ecosystem. What can we learn from this relationship to improve our societal perspective on forests? What role have First Nations played in forest management historically, and what impact does the establishment of a Squamish Community Forest have? What can we do to re-establish more of the stewardship that has historically existed in the region, across BC and beyond?

Climate Change & Fires

With the looming existential threat of climate change, it is imperative that we work to preserve the natural systems that can help offset our carbon footprint and create a more stable environment in which we live. What is the global significance of healthy forest systems, and what can we do to preserve those left and improve those we’ve modified? How has silviculture and a variety of management practices contributed to or protected against the dire threats we face in the rapidly changing world of today?

Political Influence

As a major economic sector and vast natural resource, the fate of BC forests are often in the hands of regulators, monolithic timber businesses and political interests. What are the economic and social factors that persuade the way in which these forests are managed, and how can the individual citizen work within the democratic framework to give power to their values?

Interview Subjects

As a means of collecting input from a wide variety of perspectives, we plan on interviewing representatives of the following stakeholder categories to help arrive at solutions for how we can manage our forest lands better.

We already have several confirmed subjects whom we plan to discuss these issues with, as well as numerous other contacts and potential characters to include.

Barry Gates
Ecoforestry Institute Society Co-Chair & Forest Manager

The EIS manages Wildwood, an innovative forestry experiment on Vancouver Island that selectively harvests logs on a 5 year schedule while maintaining an old-growth forest ecosystem.

Bob Brett
Ecologist, Board of Directors at Whistler Naturalists

As an active outdoorsman and ecologist, Bob has a long history working within the forests of the Sea to Sky and is a knowledgable resource regarding forest ecology and their role within our ecosystem.

Marie France-Roy
Professional Snowboarder & Environmental Activist

A top snowboarder who resides in the Sea to Sky, Marie is an active spokeswoman for environmental issues and represents key stakeholders within the outdoor recreation industry.

Eric Andersen
Director of the Forest History Association of BC

An active member of the Squamish Council, Eric has a long history working in the Forestry & Forest Products industries and is a key resource for information on the past and current state of forests in the area.

Kathy Code
Ecoforestry Institute Society Vice Chair & Comm. Director

The EIS manages Wildwood, an innovative forestry experiment on Vancouver Island that selectively harvests logs on a 5 year schedule while maintaining an old-growth forest ecosystem.

Leslie Anthony
Writer, Editor & Environmentalist

With extensive experience as a writer & editor for many outdoor recreation publications, as well as a PhD in Zoology, Leslie holds a vast amount of knowledge about both the outdoor world and the economies that depend on it.

Helen Beynon
Executive Director at SORCA

As Executive Director at SORCA, Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association, Helen is familiar with working with forest management to maintain access and trails built for recreational mountain bike use.

Ray Travers
Forest Management Consultant

An advocate for natural systems forestry, Ray has a deep understanding of forest use for sustained economic and ecological benefit.

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Additional Resources

In our preliminary research, here have been several interesting findings, data and articles that outline various topics we hope to expand on through this film.

The Team

Our crew of passionate, driven story tellers.

Ross Reid
Director

Nat Segal
Producer

Jeff Thomas
Cinematography

Zachary Shoom
Story Development

Blair Richmond
Motion Graphics / Visual Effects

Jeffrey Yellen
Sound Design

Involvement

Have an interesting perspective you’d like to share,
or know someone we should talk to?

Looking for more information, or ways you can get involved?

We’re always open for ways to expand on our story, so feel free to get in touch if you have something you think would be useful!

ReRooted
A film by Ross Reid
©Hemlock Creative

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