A new collaboration between the USDA Forest Service (USFS), UMBC’s Department of Media & Communication Studies and New Media Studio is giving students an opportunity to explore and document the wide range of research activities and community-based programs conducted by USFS Northern Research Station. The joint venture agreement funds two years of production activities by UMBC, including documentaries, short features and podcasts. The project is coordinated by Bill Shewbridge, Professor of the Practice in MCS and Sarah Hines, Science Delivery Specialist with the Northern Research Station.
The first production highlights the Baltimore Wood program, a partnership between the USFS and Humanim that results in the salvage and re-use of urban wood from deconstructed row homes in Baltimore, focusing on the ways that this project/partnership diverts waste, creates jobs and economic value, and improves lives. This is set into the larger context of how the USFS works in urban areas to improve lives. USFS Chief Thomas Tidwell is featured in the documentary. The video was premiered at the GreenLab@LightCity conference on April 4 in Baltimore.
MCS students working with the New Media Studio shot the documentary at locations around Baltimore City earlier this year. Production is underway by students in the MCS Production Fellows class on additional USFS programs, extending the project to include activities at the USFS Philadelphia Research Station. Future production will highlight USFS work in New York and Chicago.