STAND4FORESTS: A Unified Call for Forest Protection 

For more information, and to volunteer, contact co-organizer: Beth Adams  Additional contact:

Summary of Stand4Forests Week of Action 

Stand4Forests is a growing national movement centered around forest protection, climate action, and justice for all. Endorsed by over 180 organizations, elected officials, scientists, and other movement leaders, Stand4Forests is elevating the call to protect forests in the US.

Stand4Forests calls for local to national organizing to help create a more just society “in the shell of the old”, which now, more than ever, must include the protection of our interconnected forests and the planting of native species of trees at the most rapid and ambitious pace possible. 

Individual events in chronological order 

MON., SEPT. 24 – 4:30 PM & 7: 00 PM

GARDEN CINEMA, 361 Main St., Greenfield, MA

4:30 PM – Ray Asselin’s  film,” THE LOST FORESTS OF NEW ENGLAND”, shown for the first time on “the big screen”, contains stunning footage of our region’s rarely seen ancient trees, and tells the story of central New England’s Old-growth forests: what they once were, what changes have taken place since European settlers arrived, and what our remnant Old-growth stands look like today. Two years in the making, Ray’s remarkable film highlights the ecological importance and beauty of these natural, unmanaged forests, which are so rare in our landscape today.

           Panelists: Ray Asselin, Bob Leverett, Tom Wessels

David Foster (Harvard Forest) has donated a number of books, entitled, “Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge” to be given away at this screening of “The Lost Forests…” Check out the book on Amazon here.  Will sign ticket at door for drawing after this film.

7:00 PM – BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal? tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel, and probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies, and blatant green washing of the burgeoning biomass power industry. Lisa Merton and Alan Dater’s important film follows a dedicated group of forest activists, ecologists, carbon scientists, and concerned citizens who are fighting to establish the enormous value of our forests, protect their communities, debunk this false solution to climate change, and alter energy policy both in the US and abroad.

         Panelists: Michael Kellett, Janet Sinclair along with first film panelists

Kids & Seniors (65), $5.50; Adults, $6.50; $10 for both films.

SEPT. 26, 6-8 PM – FORESTS and ME!

 GCTV lobby, 393 Main Street, Greenfield. MA 01301 

Sign up by 6 PM, Sept. 25 on clipboard at GCTV. For more info, email:

Original poetry, songs, and stories about your experiences within forest communities, all ages welcome! Only original music can be recorded for GCTV post production programming. Parents of anyone performing under 18 must complete a GCTV “Personal Release Form”.

These events are co-sponsored by: Arise for Social Justice, Climate Action Now WM, Mass. Forest Rescue Campaign, New England Peace Pagoda, Old Growth Forest Network, The Resistance Center for Peace & Justice, RESTORE: The North Woods, Mass. Sierra Club and Toxics Action Center.