Reforestation is a short film made by Jenn Cain and Mallory Pickett.
How Scientists are Fighting to Save California Forests with Reforestation, a short film.
About the Film - Reforestation
Amidst intensifying wildfires and global warming, CAL FIRE and USDA face an overwhelming struggle to replant millions of acres lost to recent wildfires. The process of replanting starts by picking the cones of mature conifers. By identifying species that are more adapted to climate change, geneticists are able to replant conifers that can better survive climate change. Facing the tremendous demand for fighting wildfires, authorities like CAL FIRE also struggle to find climbers to pick cones for seeds.
Reporter Mallory Pickett and I wanted to explain to viewers the scientific processes that geneticists are using to replant our state’s burnt forests. We filmed the climbers, who collect conifer cones, using a GoPro and a DJI Mavic 2 drone in hopes of portraying the lofty efforts that are being made to rejuvenate California’s forests by authorities like CAL FIRE and U.S. Forestry Service. As the state loses more and more trees to intensifying wildfires, geneticists believe that forests can be regrown by selecting trees that are better adapted to global warming. We were inspired by the dogged efforts of sources like Arnaldo Ferreira and Jessica Huang whose work softens the negative impacts of climate change.
Jennifer Cain is an independent filmmaker based in Santa Cruz, California. She directs and produces short documentaries and television news stories that have appeared with AJ+ and the PBS NewsHour. Jennifer graduated from the University of California, Graduate School of Journalism with an M.A. in video storytelling. As a project manager, she has led data-driven, interactive projects with digital news outlets like YR Media (formerly Youth Radio).
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Credits for Reforestation:
Mallory Pickett Reporter, Producer
Jenn Cain Director, Producer
Erika Staud Editor, Photographer
Isara Krieger Editor, Producer
Bijan Sharifi Sound Mix
LaTrina Candia Sound Recorder
Gary Coates Color Grading
William Sammons Sound Design