Double Feature Explores How We Can Protect Local Rivers and Trees
Montclair’s Office of Environmental Affairs presents a free double-feature screening on Thursday, March 21, 6:00 p.m., at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, 07042.
“River’s Journey” tells the story of the rise, fall, and rise again of the Whippany River in Morris County – a river not far from Montclair – that was once so polluted by papers mills, chemical plants, and raw sewage that it was actually being treated like a sewer, rather than as a precious natural resource.
Led by Hanover Township’s health officer, the community rallied to confront both corporate and neighboring municipal interests – and took positive action – to restore the river to its natural beauty and an asset for the community. Peter Coyote narrates this inspiring story.
For the evening’s second film, we witness the alarming story of how Emerald Ash Borers have now infested trees throughout 37 states. “Trees in Trouble: Saving America’s Urban Forests” reveals how a community in Ohio confronted their tree crisis and fought the invasive pest by taking action and working together. Through partnerships with scientists, city officials and everyday citizens, this community was able to fight the pest and protect their urban forests for future generations.
The film also explores the rich history of urban forestry in the United States and the exciting new research linking human health and trees.
Bring a friend, a neighbor, or your family naturalist to these free screenings, and to our open discussion afterward featuring experts in their respective fields. For further questions, call Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.