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.
-Faith Campbell, Vice President, Center for Invasive Species Prevention
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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
Filmmaker 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
Trees 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
Trees 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...
Center for Invasive Species Reviews Film
The 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...
Emerald Ash Borer
Asian Longhorned Beetle
Beech Bark Disease
Dutch Elm Disease
Tree downed because of invasive infestation
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
- Middle School Curriculum, "Hungry Pests Invade Middle School" - http://www.hungrypests.com/resources/HP_InvadeMS_Curriculum.pdf
- Interactive Game: Hungry Pests & You - http://www.hungrypests.com/resources/interactive.php
- Summer Camp Activities - http://www.hungrypests.com/resources/HP-YouthActivity.pdf
- Emerald Ash Borer: Leader’s Folio - http://www.hungrypests.com/resources/EABFolioWEB_031714.pdf
- Emerald Ash Borer: Activity Book - http://www.hungrypests.com/resources/ALL-EAB%20Activities-Color_030414.pdf
- Emerald Ash Borer: Nature Walk Video - http://www.hungrypests.com/resources/educators.php
- Asian Longhorned Beetle: Resources for kids - https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/resources/pests-diseases/asian-longhorned-beetle/alb-educate-kids
Benefits of Trees
- Urban greening reduces noise pollution – Read more...
- National Tree Benefit Calculator – www.treebenefits.com/calculator
Health Benefits of Trees
- Tree and human health may be linked - www.fs.fed.us/pnw/news/2013/01/tree-human-health.shtml
- Green Cities: Good Health – www.depts.washington.edu/hhwb
- The Relationship Between Trees and Human Health; Evidence from the Spread of the Emerald Ash Borer - www.researchgate.net/publication/234697703_The_Relationship_Between_Trees_and_Human_Health
- Exploring Connections Between Trees and Human Health www.fs.fed.us/pnw/sciencef/scifi158.pdf
- The Effects of Urban Trees on Air Quality - www.ncufc.org/uploads/nowak_trees.pdf
- Air Quality Effects or Urban Trees and Parks - www.nrpa.org/uploadedFiles/nrpa.org/Publications_and_Research/Research/Papers/Nowak-Heisler-Summary.pdf
- More Research of the Calming Effect of Being Among the Trees - actrees.org/news/trees-in-the-news/research/more-research-on-the-calming-effect-of-being-among-the-trees
- Immerse Yourself in a Forest for Better Health – www.dec.ny.gov/lands/90720.html
- More green space is linked to less stress in deprived communities: Evidence from salivary cortisol patterns – Read more...
- A Potential Natural Treatment for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Evidence From a National Study – Read more...
- Comment on “Green Space, health inequality, and pregnancy” – Read more...
- Modeled PM2.5 removal by trees in ten U.S. cities and associated health Effects – Read more...
- Study shows trees are good for your health - Read the article in the Washington Post
- How walking in nature changes your brain - Read the article in the New York Times
Threats to Trees
- Report on Impact of Forest Pests - http://www.caryinstitute.org/science-program/research-projects/tree-smart-trade
- Fact Sheet: Overview of Hungry Pests - http://www.hungrypests.com/press-room/hungry-pests-overview-fact-sheet.pdf
- Fact Sheet: States at Risk of Hungry Pests - http://www.hungrypests.com/press-room/states-at-risk-fact-sheet.pdf
- Fact Sheet: Descriptions of Hungry Pests - http://www.hungrypests.com/press-room/top-hungry-pests-fact-sheet.pdf
- Interactive Graphic: Top Ways Hungry Pests Spread - http://www.hungrypests.com/how-they-spread/index.php
- Infographic: Seven Ways to Leave Hungry Pests Behind - http://www.hungrypests.com/press-room/infographic-7-ways.php
- Videos: Ways to Stop Spreading Hungry Pests - http://www.hungrypests.com/resources/videos.php
- Hungry Pests Website - www.HungryPests.com
- Increasing forest loss worldwide from invasive pests requires new trade regulations – Read more...
- Emerald Ash Borer Information Network (webinar series) - www.emeraldashborer.info/eabu.php#sthash.PnoReDPB.dpbs
- A destructive beetle threatens trees — and people who live near them - www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/a-destructive-beetle-threatens-trees--and-people-who-live-near-them/2013/05/13/3cec9942-b665-11e2-b94c-b684dda07add_story.html
- Asian Longhorned Beetle: How to find it - https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/resources/pests-diseases/asian-longhorned-beetle/Find-It
- ALB information from Ohio.gov - www.agri.ohio.gov/topnews/asianbeetle
- Bethel Ohio ALB Statistics - www.agri.ohio.gov/Public_Docs/TopNews/ALB/Ohio%20Media%20Update_09042014.pdf
- Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) - ohiodnr.gov/hwa
- Article on the Eastern Hemlock - Read more...
- Dead Forests and Living Memories - Read the article in the New York Times
- Center for Invasive Species - www.cisp.us
- Planning for Urban Forest Resilience - Read more...
- Important Recommendations from the Frontiers of Ecology and the Environment Journal - Read more...
- Solutions for Sustainable Urban Forest Governance and Management – Read more...
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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
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.