By Jim Stanford on January 14, 2011
Last week an array of conservation groups released a report listing the top 10 places to save for species endangered by climate change. Among those places is Greater Yellowstone, where whitebark pine trees are under assault from a warming-enabled infestation of beetles.
The report underscores the importance of the work filmmaker David Gonzales, founder of The Snaz, has poured himself into for the past year. Rather than sitting idly while the forests wither, Gonzales formed the nonprofit TreeFight and has been recruiting volunteers to hike into the hills and help catalog and protect the most valuable remaining stands of whitebark pines around Jackson Hole. (He also has been recruiting models to show off the group’s T-shirts, proceeds from which pay for pheromone packets that ward off beetles.)
Tonight Gonzales shows the fruits of this labor with the premiere of “Seeing Red: TreeFight’s First Year” at Center for the Arts. The screening coincides with an exhibit by acclaimed Brazilian artist Thais Beltrame, who has drawn a 30-foot-high mural of a tree at the center. Some of her work will be raffled to benefit TreeFight.
The opening reception for Thais’ exhibit begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Art Association gallery. The screening of “Seeing Red” starts at 7 in the theater. Afterward, DJ El Jefe will spin tunes in the lobby. Admission is free.
This teaser features one of the TreeFight heroes, Pepi, on one of his many excursions into the forest.
Update: Raffle tickets for a piece of Beltrame’s work, titled “Lake Solitude,” will be available here.
(Gallery photo by David Stubbs)