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The forests

Identifier: Film Collection no. 236

Scope and Contents

Filmed during the Pack-Finley Expedition to the Pacific Northwest, 1927. North American forests and the ecology of the beaver are featured in this film. In the first sequence, the life of a redwood forest is depicted through the eyes of two flickers (woodpeckers), who are shown feeding on insects in a tree stump. Footage of a logging operation is shown; trees are felled, and logs are removed by cranes to a mill station. This sequence ends dramatically with footage of a forest fire and the parched aftermath. The focus of the next section of the film is the ecology of the North American beaver. There are fine close-ups showing the beaver's paddle tail and webbed feet. The beaver is filmed swimming, collecting building materials, and constructing a dam. Huge dams composed of sticks and conical mounds of mud are seen. The captions discuss the more efficient dam building of the beaver in contrast to that of man.


  • 1927

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Conditions Governing Access

Not available through interlibrary loan. Contact AMNH Library Special Collections for terms of access.


1 Film Reel (14 minutes) : silent, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (14 minutes)) : silent, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy


Original format: 16 mm. print.



William Finley, photographer; Arthur Pack (for the American Nature Association), producer.

The forests, 1927
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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