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The Forest Where We Live (1997)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Chicago, Illinois, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Austin, Texas, Los Angeles, California, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Atlanta, Georgia, Sacramento, California, New York City, New York

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1997-10-23

Duration: 00:56:40

Subjects: Environment | Nature | TREES | Urban forestry | Land use | Forests and forestry | DEFORESTATION


  • Waterston, Sam Narrator
  • Laudun, Tika Producer
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Gautreaux, Craig Associate Producer
  • Jhirad, Anna Reid Writer
  • McPherson, Greg Interviewee
  • Moll, Gary Interviewee
  • Heckscher, Jurretta Jordan Interviewee
  • Wolf, Nancy Interviewee
  • Miller, Robert Interviewee
  • Reagan, Ronald Speaker
  • Bush, George H.W. Speaker
  • Lyons, James R. Interviewee
  • Skiera, Robert Interviewee
  • Dwyer, John Interviewee
  • Bansley, Marcia Interviewee
  • Rowntree, Rowan Interviewee
  • Diamond, Henry Interviewee
  • Schwab, James Interviewee
  • Chameides, William Interviewee
  • Macie, Ed Interviewee
  • Akbari, Hashem Interviewee
  • Fitch, Martin Interviewee
  • Ferris, Pat Interviewee
  • Morris, Lynn Interviewee
  • Nowak, David Interviewee
  • Tretheway, Ray Interviewee
  • Adams, Carol Interviewee
  • Sullivan, William C. Interviewee
  • Davis, Esther Interviewee
  • Kuo, Frances Interviewee
  • Giedraitis, John Interviewee
  • Phills, Bobby Interviewee
  • Hart, Andrew Interviewee
  • Lipkis, Andy Interviewee
  • Person, Antwonne Interviewee
  • Lopez, Jose Interviewee


This documentary from October 23, 1997, focuses on the importance of urban forests and the vital role trees play in cleaning the air, lowering temperatures, and making urban living more aesthetic. It covers: the impact of deforestation on the environment; the history of the urban forestry movement; the continuing loss of trees due to land development; the benefits of trees in an urban ecosystem; and the programs around the country that strive to preserve inner city forests and plant new trees. It highlights conservation programs in several cities, including: Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Austin, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; Sacramento, California and New York City, New York. Narrator: Sam Waterston