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This sub-section looks at management of forests, water and fossil fuels and exploitation of forests, mines and salmon. It also considers energy consumption.
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Battle for the Trees
1993, production : John Edginton
Two different viewpoints on reforestation following a clear...
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The Forest in Crisis
1981, production : Susan Murgatroyd
The practice of clear-cutting has evolved over time with...
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Design Innovations for Canadian Settlements
1976, production : Bruce Mackay
Solar panels are commonly used to respond to energy demands...
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The Great Clean-up
1976, production : James Carney
The five Great Lakes are the world's largest source of fresh...
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Battle for the Trees
Excerpt  (1:46) 1993, production : John Edginton
The film
Two different viewpoints on reforestation following a clear cut are shown in this excerpt. A forester from a logging company sees the planting and growth of a few tree species as a success. Whereas a conservationist argues that, by definition, the forest has been lost in terms of its genetic pool, biodiversity, and soil.

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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 Natives 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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