Wasted Woods

1964, 18 min., color, DVD

Wasted Woods: “Cut and Get Out.  After Us, the Deluge and the Desert.”

wasted woodsRent or Buy smallWasted Woods shows corporate destruction of the forest on the West Coast during the 1950’s and 60’s. In a period of booming log towns, the west coast witnessed the final gasp of the giant mills that denuded much of the western forests and virtually all of the old growth timber still standing at that time. In their quest for profits, big corporations invested in immense machinery and equipment to handle the giant logs, move them to the mill, process them into lumber and then to market. Back on the hillsides, the clear cutting destruction of the forest left vast areas devastated and denuded of the living canopy and rich forest soils that had nourished the region for centuries. Focusing on clear cutting, the film reveals the rapid deterioration of the forest ecology and the disappearance of towns and businesses that once relied on these destructive forestry practices.  Some of the same footage is also used in The Stump Makers.

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, logging towns, 1950s, 1960s.

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