Wild Excellence Films

From the Field

The Magic of Cook Forest

We went looking for winter and found it. The ten-degree air sparkled with diamond dust that settled into the tracks of fox, fisher, and coyote. 

Our film, Cathedral: The Fight to Save the Ancient Hemlocks of Cook Forest, is set to premiere at the Saw Mill Center for the Arts in July, and we’re wrapping up cinematography. The documentary is about the ancient trees of Cook Forest State Park, Pennsylvania, which are under attack by the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA)­­, a destructive insect that gravely threatens the eastern hemlock. The film tells the story of the efforts to save the cathedral forest.

Sub-zero temperatures for sustained periods reduce the population of HWA, but this winter has so far probably been too warm to kill many of the insects. 

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