economic and environmental crises we face today, A Forest
Returns reminds us that we have been down this road before and,
further, that visionary leadership and hard work have the
potential to see us through again."
Geoff Buckley, Associate
Professor of Geography, Ohio University
portrayal of environmental change in Southeastern Ohio that uses
a masterful combination of techniques."
Francaviglia, author Hard Places: Reading the Landscape of
America's Historic Mining Districts
"Skillfully blending Anderson’s eyewitness account with
historical material and contemporary scenes, producer Jean
Andrews has captured an important slice of Ohio’s New Deal
Ohio Humanities Council
"I am sure that anyone who loves the vast Appalachian forest
would love to see this film, especially the people who manage
the many other forests created by the CCC during that era."
Steve Fesenmaier, West Virginia’s Graffiti Magazine
the biggest story of the 19th Century in the region. What we
never realized is that the return of the forest was probably the
biggest story of the 20th Century."
- John Winnenberg,
Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council
"This video is a wonderful
tribute to one of the great programs of the much
maligned New Deal era. It also allows the remarkably articulate
Ora Anderson, who personally planted 30,000 trees, to shine as
Loyal Jones, Former director of
the Berea College Appalachian Center
"This film really hit home for us in southwest Virginia. The
mountains here were naked of all trees 60-100 years ago."
– Diana Withen, President, The Clinch Coalition, Wise VA