The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid – A Film About The Loss Of An Ecosystem
It’s an insect few people have heard of - yet it is devastating our hemlock trees and the delicate forest ecosystems that depend upon them. The hemlock woolly adelgid is infesting our own backyards in upstate New York, and has already spread throughout the east coast of North America from the Carolinas up into Canada. The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, a film by Chris Foito, aims to engage and educate the viewer on this all too often overlooked invasive species by explaining its past, present, and what could easily be the future if significant action is not taken. Through the use of archival footage of other invasive forest pests, specifically the Emerald Ash Borer, and beautiful cinematic visuals, the film illustrates the vital importance of the eastern hemlock tree as a foundation species in North American forests, and raises the questions of what should be done to prevent the spread of the hemlock woolly adelgid and the growing phenomena of invasive species as a whole.
There will be a screening on Wednesday, November, 16th at 7:00PM at SUNY Plattsburgh - Hudson Hall, Room 106 - 101 Broad St, Plattsburgh, NY. The film will be followed by a panel discussion on the local impacts of the hemlock woolly adelgid. The panel will include expert in the field Dr. Jacob Straub - Environmental Science & Forest Ecology Professor
Admission is free and was organized by Chad Hammer.