Forest Documentaries

These three films were produced over my 20+ year involvement with forest issues in the Pacific Northwest. They represent an evolution in my own thinking as well as the human relationship with the forest––from the conflict that erupted after the listing of the northern spotted owl documented in Critical Habitat, to the increasing application of science documented in Torrents of Change, to the demonstrated success of human cooperation and adaptive management documented in Seeing the Forest.
Alan Honick

  1. Critical Habitat

    I began production of Critical Habitat in 1993, when Bill Clinton convened the Forest Summit in Portland to bring an end to the bitter conflict that erupted after the listing of the northern spotted owl. It's a feature length film that covers the scientific, social, economic, and political dimensions of the issues in the coastal forests that stretch from Northern California to Southeast Alaska. It aired on PBS stations nationwide, and a three part educational series was distributed to schools internationally.

  2. Torrents of Change

    Torrents of Change was produced in 1996. It documents the effects of a storm that hit the Oregon coast in February of that year, causing landslides in the Siuslaw and Willamette National Forests.

    In the Willamette, the storm created the opportunity for scientists to demonstrate a clear connection between clearcut logging and the severity of landslides.

    In the Coast Range, the storm created the opportunity for Jim Furnish, supervisor of the Siuslaw, to demonstrate the efficacy of a new approach to forest management.

  3. Seeing the Forest

    This documentary is a sequel to Torrents of Change, and tells the story of how the Forest Service and local citizens evolved from seeing the trees in the Siuslaw National Forest as its primary resource, to seeing the forest whole.