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Ecosystems and Conservation
This sub-section turns to marine, forest and desert ecosystems. It looks at ways of protecting mammals, insects and birds.
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Pocket Desert - Confessions of a Snake Killer
1999, production : Craig Berggold, Teresa Marshall
Canada possesses a unique desert ecosystem in the South...
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Battle for the Trees
1993, production : John Edginton
Scientific research can help conserve forest ecosystems...
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Return of the Swift Fox
1988, production : Jy Chiperzak
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Trouble in the Forest
1988, production : Gary Toole
Whenever there is ecosystem change, there is a change in...
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Battle for the Trees
Excerpt  (01:26) 1993, production : John Edginton
The film
Scientific research can help conserve forest ecosystems faced with practices such as clearcutting. A study in the west coast temperate rainforest of Canada, shown in this excerpt, found that the native insect community can resist infestations. This resistance is lost once the forest is clearcut.

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It is a complex battle being fought on many fronts--in corporate board rooms, in legislatures, on the streets, and in the woods.

The weapons range from million-dollar public relations campaigns to quiet acts of civil disobedience.

At stake are the last stands of old-growth coastal forest of British Columbia, which are being clearcut at an increased rate every year. Soon they will be gone forever.

The soldiers are ordinary citizens, scientists, loggers, environmentalists, and Indigenous people who are witnessing the liquidation of our public forests and, with it, a way of life.

This important film examines the battle strategies of both sides, and offers some practical solutions that balance economic needs with the preservation of the ancient forests.

If the battle for the trees is lost--and all of the old growth is clearcut--the silence on the barren hills will be a monument to the victory of corporate interests over public process.

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