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The Vital Role Urban Forests Play In Our Lives

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In late 2015, Cincinnati Parks starred in the documentary Trees in Trouble. The film describes the threat posed to forests by insects and highlights the Parks' efforts to respond to the Emerald Ash Borer crisis. It also explores the history of urban forestry in the U.S. and Cincinnati’s unique leadership dating back to its hosting of the United States' first Urban Forestry Congress in 1882.

The film recently won first prize at the First International Film Festival of the Urban Forest, held in conjunction with the First World Forum on Urban Forestry.

The Forum, held last November in Mantova, Italy, brought together over 1,000 people from around the world to share information about the growing importance trees and green infrastructure play in helping to improve air quality and mitigate climate change.

Cincinnati Parks Interim Division Manager of Operations, Land Management and Urban Forestry, Dave Gamstetter, was invited to attend the World Forum. He joins Cincinnati Edition today, along with the creator of Trees in Trouble, Andea Torrice, and Cincinnati Parks Director Wade Walcutt, to discuss the vital role urban forests play in our lives.

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Filmmaker Andrea Torrice and Cincinnati Parks' Dave Gamestetter (far right) with the Urban Forest Film Commissioner at the First World Forum on Urban Forestry in Mantova, Italy.

 Tune in to Cincinnati Edition Jan. 9 starting at 1 p.m. to hear this segment.