THE GREAT FOREST, a feature documentary, recently launched on Kickstarter to raise the finishing funds for the film. The documentary follows conservationists throughout southern Appalachia as they struggle to manage two of the most biodiverse and visited national forests in the country – the Pisgah and Nantahala.
The Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests are a part of the Appalachian Mountains, which are some of the oldest mountains on earth. These public lands receive over 10 million visitors a year, bringing in millions of revenue dollars, representing some of the most popular public lands in the U.S. Despite their significance and importance, the future of these National Forests is currently uncertain.
The US Forest Service has been working on a Forest Plan that will dictate how the Pisgah and Nantahala are managed for the next two decades. The plan is currently being unveiled and has been a center of controversy, highlighting the core conflicts that public lands are facing across the country such as wilderness designation, wildlife protection, overdevelopment, managing recreation, logging and more.
THE GREAT FOREST will be following these controversies as the Forest Plan is finalized, focusing on our role in managing lands. The mission of the film is to bring the audience on a cinematic journey to meditate on our relationship to nature and what that relationship means for the future of the lands we love most.
The Kickstarter received over 40% of it’s goal within two days and has over 70 backers and counting. To learn more and pledge to the project, please visit: