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Return to the Forest Where We Live (2008)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, Pass Christian, Mississippi, Charlotte, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, California

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2008-09-23

Duration: 00:56:43

Subjects: Environment | TREES | Nature | Urban forestry | Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | WATER | Energy | Air pollution | Tourism | Health


  • Vardalos, Nia Narrator
  • Barnes, Liz Producer
  • Richard, C.E. Writer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Macie, Ed Interviewee
  • Oriol, Amelie Interviewee
  • McDermott, Chipper Interviewee
  • Nowak, David J. Interviewee
  • Macdonald, Ann Interviewee
  • Schmitt, Gayla Interviewee
  • Lehman, Mike Interviewee
  • Roti, Rick Interviewee
  • Moll, Gary Interviewee
  • Walker, Alice Ewen Interviewee
  • Rozelle, Rusty Interviewee
  • Gallis, Michael Interviewee
  • Lipkis, Andy Interviewee
  • Wolf, Kathleen L. Interviewee
  • Smith, Dan Interviewee
  • Gangloff, Deborah Interviewee
  • Fahr, Jean Interviewee
  • Nolan, Eric Interviewee
  • Gonzalez, George Interviewee
  • Hager, Guy Interviewee
  • Harris, Edwina Interviewee
  • Laudun, Tika Producer
  • Laudun, Tika Director


A 2008 documentary that examines how advances in technology and changes in priorities are prompting communities throughout the United States to reconsider how vital trees are to the socio-economic well-being of cities. It covers: the loss of trees in New Orleans and Pass Christian, Mississippi, due to Hurricane Katrina; the impact of the growth of Charlotte, North Carolina, on the city’s tree canopy; the role of trees in water management; methods of determining the economic value of trees; a study by Washington, D.C. on the potential cost of losing their urban forest; the positive impact of trees on lowering energy costs and preventing air pollution; trees as a tourist attraction; the impact of trees on the health of a community; and the efforts to replant trees around the country, including Los Angeles and New Orleans. Narrator: Nia Vardalos