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Catalogue Number:  NFB524457
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Mark Zannis, Barrie Howells
Directors:  Tony Ianzelo
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal), Parcs Canada (Ottawa), Parks Canada. Audio Visual Division (Ottawa)
Subject:  Documentary, Education, Environmental Studies, Geography, Science, Tech/Voc
Language:  French
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1984
Running Time:  52:30


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For centuries the idea of the forest fire as a destructive force has been perpetuated and, where possible, fires have been suppressed in order to protect the environment, the populace and the economy. Filmed in several of Canada's best-known national parks, From Ashes to Forest examines the effects of forest fire versus fire suppression in the wilderness. The film shows that in many instances forest fires, rather than being "monstrous engines of destruction," are both essential and beneficial--for plant renewal, healthy growth, soil enrichment, and to provide new environments for wildlife.


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