Wildlife Biologists Monitor Changes, by Alexa Pengelly for USDA Forest Service, 2015 (4:58).
Description by USDA Forest Service: Olympic National Forest’s Wildlife Biologist Betsy Howell explains her role in observing ecosystem changes on the forest. Regional wildlife biologist Josh Chapman connects Betsy’s work, at the forest level, to how the Forest Service meets its broader obligations to manage for wildlife habitat in Oregon and Washington.
NWNL Comment: Our watersheds depend on forests for water capture, retention and purification, and for species habitat. This film on Olumpic National Forest’s ecosystem preservation is a very helpful tool to explain the mission of the U. S. Forest Service and garner support for the work its biologists pursue in support of the biodiversity that supports forest health.
Next-Gen Water Infrastructure, by Cynthia Barnett for Orion Magazine, 2013 (4:17).
Description by Orion Magazine: Take a tour of Seattle’s ingenious and locally inspired solutions to the city’s aging water infrastructure with its surprisingly artistic and affordable neighborhood stormwater projects and efforts to reduce water consumption. A top-notch reporter on all things water, Cynthia Barnett discusses these projects as well as others around the nation. This slide show is part of Orion’s Reimaining Infrastructure series.
NWNL Comment: This Seattle community offers an inspirational and effective approach to storm-water runoff, the #1 polluter of our fresh water resources!
Soils: A hidden resource, by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, 2012 (5:57).
NWNL Comment: Like global water supplies, our soil is a limited resource; and the health of our soil is dependent on water. This film explains that soil creates food production, fiber for fuel, water availability, nutrient recycling and organic carbon stocks. Plus, soil is responsible for 1/4 of our global biodiversity. Erosion, nutrient decline, acidification, salinization, compaction, and pollution quickly degrade our soils. However, restoration isn’t easy: it takes 100–1000 years to form just one centimeter of soil! More intense irrigation for more food for more people, plus climate change impacts, necessitate innovative solutions such as those discusssed in this film.
Finding and Fixing Hidden Sources of Water Pollution by The Center for Watershed Protection, 2011 (4:32).
Description by The Center for Watershed Protection: Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination (IDDE) – the process of finding and fixing these hidden stream polluters.
NWNL Comment: This video discusses cost-efficient practices for stopping watershed pollution by finding illicit discharge sources of stormwater runoff carrying toxins and sewage.
Protecting America’s Wilderness by the Wilderness Society, 2011 (8:10).
Description by The Wilderness Society: A glimpse into The Wilderness Society – from its history to its new campaign to reconnect Americans with their wild places on public lands. Narrated by Edward Norton.
NWNL Comment: This US conservation organization, co-founded by Aldo Leopold, works to protect public land. It raises awareness of the values of America’s shared wildlands, which include provisioning of clean air and water, habitat for wildlife, vital natural resources that need sustainable management, and havens for recreation, solitude and learning. As Aldo Leopold warned, “Wilderness is a resource which can shrink, but not grow.”
Watershed Forestry by The Center for Watershed Protection, 2011 (4:36).
Description by The Center for Watershed Protection: One of the best watershed protection techniques is one of the simplest – TREES! Check out this video to see how trees and forests can help protect and restore watershed health.
NWNL Comment: This is an informative discussion of the benefits of forests in protecting the function of watersheds, including retaining rainfall, preventing erosion, keeping sediments out of river impoudments, and many other services.