About the Film

Now airing on PBS

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Trees in Trouble tells the story of America's urban and community forests: their history, their growing importance to our health, economy and environment - and the serious threats they now face. Through stories of everyday people on the frontlines of change, the film will show how community-wide efforts can save and protect our urban forests for future generations. Designed for audiences of all ages, Trees in Trouble inspires viewers to take action, and points towards first steps.

We are excited to announce that in addition to the regional public televsion broadcasts around the country, PBS's World Channel has chosen Trees in Trouble to be part of its Earth Day/ Arbor Day programming during the month of April. The film will be aired numerous times during the week of April 25th. Additionally, a number of community screenings have occurred and the response so far to the film has been fantastic. Dozens of communities are using the film to help educate and raise awareness about the growing threat that invasive pests pose on our trees and what we can do to protect them.

 Trees in Trouble tells the story of Cincinnati’s response to the threat to its trees posed by the emerald ash borer. However, the film’s message is not limited to southern Ohio: across the country, from Massachusetts to San Diego, Minneapolis to Charleston, thousands of communities face the same threat: valuable and beloved trees being killed by non-native insects or diseases. While the trees and killers differ, the cost to the communities is the same: destruction of trees that provide shade and other important ecosystem services and create our sense of home. Trees in Trouble helps us understand what we are losing and links us to actions we can take to counter this tragedy.” 
-Faith Campbell, Vice President, Center for Invasive Species Prevention

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The film is now available for purchase at www.bullfrogfilms.com. Interested in purchasing a home video copy of Trees In Trouble for your own personal use? Email Bullfrog Films at info@bullfrogfilms.com with your home video request.

Reduced rates for activist and grassroots groups. Please call Bullfrog Films at 1-800-543-3764 for more info.

Funding for Trees in Trouble comes from the Ohio Humanities Council, the Stephen H. Wilder Foundation, the Craig Young Family Foundation and the TREE Fund. The project was supported by the Media Working Group, the Center for Independent Documentary, and the School of Art, University of Cincinnati.


Trees in Trouble to be Screened at Congressional Hearing
Screening at CongressFilmmaker Andrea Torrice, scientists from around the country, and tree organizations are working with RISC – the Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition – and will be gathering in Washington DC on July 13 – 14th to alert government leaders about the growing threat of invasives and the urgent need for need for policy reform. Trees in Trouble will be screened as part of the congressional hearing. Stay tuned for updates on the event...

New Science Report Highlights Threats from Invasives and Proposes Solutions
The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies just released an important report on the impact of forest pests on communities as well as recommendations on how to help safeguard trees and alleviate the economic burden on local governments and communities. It's accompanied by a video on the invasive species. Read more about the report...

National Public Television Release
Spring Grove Prod PhotoTrees in Trouble is now airing on public television stations across the country, with additional broadcasts in April as part of Earth Day and Arbor Day programming on the PBS World Channel. Check out this broadcast chart to find out when it is airing in your area. Read more about the national release of the film...

Film Recommended by the National Science Teachers Association
Planting TreesTrees in Trouble was recently reviewed by the National Science Teachers Association. The NSTA recommended the film as a great tool for teachers who can show the film, and then use the Community Action Toolkit to facilitate class discussions. Read the review...

Atlantic Citylab Reviews Film
Street with Dead TreesFilmmaker Andrea Torrice was interviewed by the online magazine Atlantic Citylab. She discussed the cost of invasives to communities. Read the article...

Center for Invasive Species Reviews Film
EABThe Center for Invasive Species has given a great review to Trees in Trouble, encouraging everyone to take the time to watch this important film. Check out their blog to read the full review...

Open Tree Map Reviews Film
Dead Ash TreeThe Open Tree Map website published a great review of the film and interview with the filmmaker Andrea Torrice. Read it here...

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The Invasive Species
Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Gypsy Moth

Gypsy Moth

Beech Bark Disease

Beech Bark Disease

Dutch Elm Disease

Dutch Elm Disease

Tree Stump

Tree downed because of invasive infestation


Download the Press kit here.

Download the Community Action Toolkit.

Download the Postcard.

Download the Event Planning Guide.

Download the Host a Screening Flyer.

Teachers, students, and community members, learn more about protecting your trees and urban forests with these free, easy to use materials.

The Toolkit includes:

  • A short guide on the history and importance of urban forests in Southwest Ohio.

Fact sheets about:

  • The Benefits of Trees
  • How to Identify EAB and ALB
  • How to Plant a Tree
  • Don't Move Firewood flyer
  • The EAB Scenarios Game
  • Click here to watch the web video on How to Plant a Tree

Resources for Teachers and Students

Benefits of Trees

Health Benefits of Trees

Threats to Trees



Other Invasives

Related Articles

  • Planning for Urban Forest Resilience -
  • Important Recommendations from the Frontiers of Ecology and the Environment Journal - Read more...
  • Solutions for Sustainable Urban Forest Governance and Management – Read more...
These resources are provided courtesy of USDA-APHIS.

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People in the Film

Scott Beuerlein, Horticulturist, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Brad Bonham, Municipal Arborist

Joe Chamberlin, Valent Field Development Manager, Legacy Tree Project

Geoffrey H. Donovan, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service

Dave Gamstetter, Natural Resource Manager, Cincinnati Park Board

Jennifer Gulick, Community Forestry Consultant, The Davey Tree Expert Company

Dan Herms, Dept. of Entomology, The Ohio State University

David Stradling, Urban & Environmental History Professor, University of Cincinnati

Wendell Young, Council Member, City of Cincinnati

About the Filmmaker
Andrea Torrice filming

Andrea Torrice is an award-winning documentary and public television producer/writer whose work spans a range of contemporary issues.

Her most recent public television documentary, Trees in Trouble, explores the benefits and threats to America’s urban forests.

Her other national public television productions include: The New Metropolis, a two-part series which explores the revitalization challenges and opportunities facing America’s older first suburbs. She also oversaw the related civic engagement dialogues hosted by PBS affiliated stations and community organizations. Over 120 community screening events were held around the country. Rising Waters, which examines the global warming debate through the personal stories of Pacific Islanders. It was featured at the 2004 United Nation’s Earth Summit, as well as broadcast in 110 countries and on National Geographic TV. She was the segment producer for the National PBS series Arab American Stories, which profiles a Jordanian family from Ohio. Some of her other award winning films include: Bad Chemistry, which discloses the hazards of low-level chemical exposures on human health; Large Dams, False Promises, which investigates the impacts of dam projects in Brazil and China; and Forsaken Cries: The Story of Rwanda, which explores the historical factors contributing to the 1994 genocide. Her most recent film, Art As Action, tells the story of women abstract expressionist painters through the story of the filmmakers’ mother.

Her work has been supported by the Ford, Annie. E. Casey, Surdna, William Penn, Gund, The Ohio Humanities, The Tree Fund and other foundations, as well as by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Independent Television Service. She is also the recipient of a CPB Gold Award in Community Programming.

Torrice is a frequent guest speaker on the issues related to her films. Recently she was the featured speaker for Women in Media - Making a Difference for the Soroptomists of America - East Bay, Northern California Chapter. Currently she is the owner of Torrice Media which specializes in high impact visual storytelling. She has produced a range of award-winning video programs and articles for museums, universities, educational institutions, municipal governments and nonprofit organizations.

Her career started almost 20 years ago at San Francisco’s PBS affiliate, KQED-TV, as a producer for the station’s Current and Cultural Affairs departments. She currently works in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she lives with her husband and son.

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