|THE LAST STAND unfolds the tragic ramifications
of a fifteen-year battle between environmentalists and the timber
industry over the fate of ancient coastal redwoods in Northern
Along the fog shrouded coastline of Northern California, are
the tallest and oldest living beings on earth the Coastal
Redwoods. These giants can grow to be over 2000 years old, measure
a colossal 22 feet in diameter and reach heights of over 360
feet tall. Having once blanketed the entire North West coast
of the continent, this towering species has been decimated by
decades of relentless logging. Today, less than 4% of the pre-historic
redwoods remain standing.
The profound human and biological ramifications behind this
environmental tragedy are nowhere more evident than in the Headwaters
Forest of Humboldt County. A pristine grove of old-growth in
the heart of Californias booming timber industry, the
Headwaters is the largest unprotected redwood forest in the
world. The Last Stand examines the plight of this fragile ecosystem
through the unfolding drama of a fifteen-year battle to save
these trees. The films improbable yet true tale, is one
of junk bonds and endangered salmon, car bombs and clear-cuts,
corporate takeovers, collusion, corruption and greed.
The fight over these ancient trees has even cost human lives.
Calling for the emergence of an "ecological literacy",
The Last Stand goes beyond issues of deforestation, bio-diversity
and sustainability; the film attempts to disentangle the web
of government policies and corporate agendas which compromise
public interest and threaten our national heritage. Through
striking testimony from economists, scientists, forest activists
and the Humboldt County residents whove seen their communities
and backyards torn apart, The Last Stand questions how we as
a society will value our relationship to the environment as
we enter the new millennium.