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Forests and the Insect Factor

Texas Forest Service

Sound | c. 1970s

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  •  Intro Credits 
  •  Rules of Nature 
  •  Discussing the bountiful forests of the U.S. 
  •  Discussing insects role in nature 
  •  Discussing man's role in controlling insects 
  •  Examples of insect infestations and discussing pesticide use 
  •  Long term problems of dead forests 
  •  Insects, especially the bark beetle, that are not affected by pesticides and how to deal with them 
  •  Insects in the Pacific Northwest and the insecticide DDT 
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Produced by the American Forest Institute, this film combines animation and live interviews to educate the public on the role of forestry services in controlling insect infestations in America's forests. Controversy over the use of pesticides is discussed, and a balance between man and nature is stressed throughout the film. Included are interviews with forestry experts from throughout the United States, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Texas, and the Rocky Mountain area.

Established as a result of the organization of the Texas Forest Association in 1914 and the forestry law passed by the Texas legislature in 1915 the Texas Forest Service is directed by a state forester appointed by the board of directors of Texas A&M College. When it was founded, the objectives of the Texas Forest Service were to persuade and aid private owners of forest land in practicing forestry and converting submarginal agricultural lands to productive forests; to protect private forest lands against forest wildfires, insects, and disease; to inform the public of the contribution that forests, a renewable natural resource, make to the economy of the state; to educate Texans in uses and abuses of forest products; and to assist forest products industries in developing new products and improving production techniques. Currently, the Texas Forest Service's mission focuses on providing statewide leadership to assure the state's trees, forests and related natural resources are protected and sustained for the benefit of all.