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General News · 4th March 2013
Daniel J. Pierce
Dear Cortes Community,

This is Dan Pierce, the filmmaker responsible for an upcoming documentary about the forestry movement on Cortes entitled "Heartwood: Forest Guardians of Cortes Island". I just wanted to inform you all that March 12th will be the last day to contribute to our crowd-funding campaign (ending at 11:59pm). You can help to bring this urgent project into the world by making a contribution of any amount. And not only will I commit my entire soul to telling your story, but you will also get a neat gift from me as well!

Please watch the trailer and contribute here!

Gifts range from copies of my previous film, "The Hollow Tree", the "Wild We Stand" musical album, Wilderness Committee memberships, Ancient Forest Alliance calendars, original photographic prints by TJ Watt, First Nations carvings, weekend stays at beautiful seaside cabins on Cortes, and a 2-night stay for 2 at Hollyhock, along with the choice of any of their wonderful workshops.

I would like to just tell you about my grand vision for this project. It is actually way bigger than just a documentary. I also plan to create an interactive digital platform that expands the scope of this story to include many communities up and down the coast of BC that are engaged in this same struggle with the same few timber companies. I want to create a shared space that is laid out in a geographical interface, where visitors can zoom in on different areas, learn about threatened forests, engage with campaigns, watch videos, see photos, read stories, look at maps, and really begin to get a visual sense of how much of our old-growth has been logged—and how much remains unprotected.

And communities that are on the front lines of this struggle will be able to upload their own content, create a profile for their campaigns, geo-tag threatened areas and recent clear-cuts, share information in an online forum, and coordinate actions with other communities, in order to create a united front on the coast against these corporate logging companies, rather than facing them in an isolated, piecemeal way. This platform could become like the central nervous system for forest activism on the coast of British Columbia.

Here is the link again, if you feel inspired, PLEASE consider making a contribution of any amount and help us reach our target so we can tell this story and raise the consciousness around these issues. And if you are unable to make a contribution, that is fine too! There are still some important ways that you can help us on this final day of our campaign:

1. Post our campaign link to your Facebook and Twitter, along with a nice message encouraging your friends and family to support us if they can.

2. Send an e-mail to your friends, relatives, and colleagues who love the forests of Cortes and would perhaps want to support our documentary.

The time to make this film is now. With election season looming, we have the power to make ancient forests and transitioning to a sustainable forestry industry real election issues this year. By funding this film you will not only be helping to create a film, but also a valuable social media tool for the entire forest movement on the coast of BC.

Now let's do it! Woo!

With respect,

Daniel J. Pierce