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Forests Are for People (1973)

Texas Forestry Museum

Sound | 1973

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  •  After getting into a motorcycle accident, a college dropout named Bob makes the acquaintance of two foresters 
  •  Perk takes Bob to the house, where he meets Jennifer, an ecologically conscious student researching forestry 
  •  As Perk’s wife Mary fulfills her role as housewife, the men discuss pigeonholes and computer technology 
  •  Perk takes Bob and Jennifer into the woods, where Jennifer blames Perk for deforestation 
  •  Vince shows Bob the nursery, where they discuss the influence of computer technology  
  •  Back at the house, Perk shows the young people a movie called The American Forest 
  •  Two techniques of scientific harvesting, including selective cutting and clear cutting 
  •  As Jenny continues to present the ecological argument against forestry, Bob and Perk convince her otherwise 
  •  Jennifer visits a lumber manufacturing plant, where she learns about the prevalence of wood pulp in everyday life 
  •  Jennifer brings her finished paper to the house 
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Presented by the American Forest Institute, this 1973 industrial film follows two young people as they learn about tree farming from an older forester. The production seeks to convince the audience of the importance and benefits of forestry against common ecological and moral arguments. The film shows its bias against such criticisms by portraying the character of Jennifer, who voices these concerns, as naive and impressionable.