Timber Tigers

1971, 23 min., color, DVD

Deforestation: “After us, the deluge and the desert.”

timber tigersRent or Buy smallTimber Tigers consume the forests using the corporate logging practices we know as clear cutting. Approaching the environment as an input to create profits is a narrow view of earth’s resources which fails to take into account the impact of ecological devastation left behind on logged out hillsides. Deforestation not only removes the forest from the land, it also destroys the habitat of animals, birds and insects that contribute to a healthy environment.  It contributes to global warming and the high rate of extinction of species around the globe.  Corporate logging fails to foresee the collapse of local economies built during the logging boom.  Timber Tigers presents footage of predatory corporate logging of the forests and the impacts of deforestation on logging towns of northern California and Oregon.  It also presents images that Harvey Richards filmed on a national tour of forest areas, including seldom seen giant forest-cutting machinery that harvests trees across the country. The film exposes the forestry industry approach to logging: “After us, the deluge and the desert.”

About the Harvey Richards Media Archive: The Harvey Richards Media Archive contains a treasure of images of the political and social justice upheavals of the 1960s on the west coast and of the devastating impact of capitalist resource exploitation in western forests, and mines among other subjects.  All of his 22 films are available for streaming, downloading and as DVDs. The interest and demand for his images has continued to grow along with the interest in the legacy of the 1960’s political and cultural upsurge. Estuary Press is the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive video and photo image collections.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way by Nina Serrano and Heart Suite, a trilogy of three books of poetry by Nina Serrano. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of the social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, paulrichards@estuarypress.com or visit estuarypress.com for more details.

MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577; paulrichards@estuarypress.com

Topics: redwoods, old growth forests, clear cutting, environmental degradation, logging towns, 1950s, 1960s.

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