Our last film of the summer season will be “Ready for Harvest: Clearcutting in the Southern Appalachians” (1993). Museum representative will connect some of the themes of the film to the history of the formation of Mount Mitchell State Park. From Appalshop: “Beginning in the late 1800′s, and continuing into the early decades of the 20th century, forests in the Southern Appalachian Mountains were extensively logged. Since that time, the forests have grown back and matured. These hardwood stands of hickory, oak, black cherry, and walnut have attracted timber companies to private land and national forests. The U.S. Forest Service sells the trees on these public tracts for prices well below market value. In most cases, companies choose to harvest these tracts by clear cutting the entire area. Set in Western North Carolina, Ready for Harvest explores the complex questions of how we use and protect our native forests. Footage includes interviews with Walton Smith, who has practiced sound forest management techniques for more than 60 years; Betty Ballew, whose community was dislocated because other people wanted to use the land for their own purposes; and Chuck Crow, a Cherokee who has seen the short-term gains and long-term losses to communities when the forests that surround them are stripped of trees. Mary Kelly, an ecologist, explains the importance of biological diversity to a healthy ecosystem. Ready for Harvest is meant to encourage debate about a forest management policy that affects the environment, the economy, and a culture.” This event is free and open to the public, but we have limited seating so we ask that you RSVP on our website.