A while back, a bunch of Cortes youth got together with Dan Peters to write and record a rap song advocating for protection of the Island Timberlands owned forest lands on Cortes Island. I started collaborating with them last spring, and we embarked on the year-long project of creating a music video for the song. This involved going out on the monthly forest walks, camera in tow, for five hours of walking, singing, mud, beauty, trees, plants, moss, aching legs, and joy. A few days ago I finished editing the film, and we want to share it with you all — especially the parents and families of the wonderful children who made it happen.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIV3uN0j6tY
This has been a 100% volunteer project, with support and skills donated from so many kind people.
Many thanks for our drone pilots Om Beach and De Clark; assistance, advice, and camera gear from Adam and Francis McKenty; editing and production advice from Brittany Baxter, Dan Pierce, Mark Vonesch, and Claudia Medina; Dan Peters for sound production, song writing and recording; the dedicated and talented Children's Forest youth group; the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island directors: Christine Robinson, Sabina Leader Mense, Connie Brill, Chris Dragseth, Norleen Lillico, Ashe Biela, Andy Ellingsen, Adam McKenty, Andrew Smyth, and directors-at-large: Ann Mortifee, and Donna Bracewell.
The Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island Society was formed to purchase Island Timberland forest land holdings immediately adjacent to Carrington Bay Park on Cortes Island. These forest lands will be held in trust for all the children of Cortes Island, in perpetuity. They will offer educational, recreational, cultural and spiritual value for all our children. They will provide the opportunity for our youth to embrace and practice stewardship of forest lands and watersheds.
I hope you enjoy this effort of love in support of our beautiful island, and the future generations who will inhabit it.
With much gratitude,