Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema Screens “The Lost Forests of New England”

The October 5 event includes a panel discussion with the filmmaker and environmental experts

[PITTSFIELD, MA] ― The Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum will present a special screening of the documentary film The Lost Forests of New England on Friday, October 5, at 7 p.m. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Tickets are $7.50, $5 for Museum members.

This 2018 film features stunning footage of rare ancient forests — some right here in the Berkshires. Leading experts and outstanding drone videography help tell the story: what these forests once were before European settlement, what changes have taken place, and what the remnant “old-growth” stands look like today.

Filmmaker Ray Asselin will introduce The Lost Forests of New England and join a post-film discussion to include Bob Leverett (co-founder, Native Tree Society, and co-author of several books including The Sierra Club Guide to Ancient Forests of the Northeast) and William Moomaw (professor emeritus of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University and founder of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy).

The discussion will feature the latest science on forest ecosystems with a special focus on how letting forests grow is one of the best things that can be done to help with climate change. The expert panel will also offer ideas for public policies that can save money, support rural economic development, and help the forests thrive long into the future.

About the Berkshire Museum

Located in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, at 39 South St., the Berkshire Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $13 adult, $6 child; Museum members and children age 3 and under enjoy free admission. For more information, visit www.berkshiremuseum.org or call 413.443.7171.

Established by Zenas Crane in 1903, Berkshire Museum integrates art, history, and natural science in a wide range of programs and exhibitions that inspire educational connections between the disciplines. Josh Simpson: Galactic Landscapes is on view through January 6, 2019. Festival of Trees 2018: Often Heard will be on view November 17, 2018, through January 6, 2019. Curiosity Incubator is on view. Little Cinema is open year-round. Lab 102, Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, Animals of the World in Miniature, Aquarium, and other exhibits are ongoing.

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