Tree Huggers Talk Timber This Week on Discovery’s American Loggers

Written by Lisa Hayden on . Posted in Learn

What is a tree-hugger group like The Nature Conservancy doing on a show that glorifies lumberjacks?

Good question. To learn why, tune in this Friday, April 29, at 10 pm Eastern time to American Loggers  on the Discovery Channel, when the reality TV show visits The Nature Conservancy’s 185,000-acre St. John River Forest on Maine’s border with Quebec.

(Don’t worry: If you’re tired from getting up early to watch the British royal wedding, you can always take a cat nap before late-night TV.)

The Bangor Daily News, which tagged along in January to photograph some of the Discovery Channel’s filming, profiled this unlikely collaboration in an article yesterday.

The newspaper quoted Bill Patterson, The Nature Conservancy’s northern Maine program manager, that hopefully the show will correct some misconceptions. For one thing, in the Conservancy’s view, not all logging is a bad thing.

Protecting forests and their stored carbon is one key to solving climate change – but some forests will need to remain working forests. So, finding ways to log selectively – in the right places with fewer impacts to the surrounding forest – is a strategy with lessons for many places.

In fact, the Conservancy has been carefully harvesting areas of the St. John’s River Forest over the past decade. During two minutes of fame on this episode, the Conservancy takes the opportunity to explain how sustainable logging can protect both the wildlife and the people who live in and depend upon the North Maine Woods.

Friday’s television schedule is shaping up nicely: Once you’ve had your fill of white gowns and royal finery, you can switch the channel to something completely different – chain saws, big trees and brawny woods-folk. Happy viewing!

Lisa Hayden is a blogger and feature writer for The Nature Conservancy

Photo by: Misty Edgecomb/TNC, (A cameraman films Eldon Pelletier (from center left), Jim O’Malley of Huber Resources and Bill Patterson of The Nature Conservancy for a segment of American Loggers).

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