PLYMOUTH — Tonight at 6 p.m., the Friends of Sadhana Forest will sponsor New Hampshire for Haiti, at the Flying Monkey Theater in Plymouth.
The program will include the showing of the award-winning independent short film, The People's Forest: The Story of the White Mountains, followed by presentations by Chris Rimmer, Executive Director of the Vermont Center for Eco-Studies, (expert on the endangered Bicknell Thrush), and Aviram Rozin, Executive Director of Sadhana Forest Haiti, a world renowned expert in wasteland regeneration and conservation strategies.
Representatives from the Audubon Society, The White Mountain National Forest, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the Museum of the White Mountains and others will be on hand for a discussion to explain the ways in reforestation on the Island of Hispaniola may just be the crucial next step in the journey of restoring habitat crucial to endangered species here in New Hampshire (Bicknell Thrush), as well as a sustainable economic progress for the people of Haiti.
The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Thaddeus Guldbrandsen Plymouth State University Provost for Research and Engagement.
Today, wilderness and wildlife form the basis for our prosperity and the quality of living that we enjoy here in the Granite State. But it might have been very different if not for the visionary efforts of number of key individuals at the turn of the 20th century.
Here in New Hampshire 100 years ago, after decades of aggressive clear cut logging, the landscape was barren, cleared of the lush forest cover that we consider iconic of our state today.
Fortunately for us, an innovative partnership between environmentalists, members of the business community and other generous private individuals provided the impetus for a truly remarkable environmental comeback for New Hampshire.
The People's Forest tells the fascinating story of the people who established the White Mountain National Forest and the obstacles they overcame to get the job done.
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