A documentary about invasive plants, animals and insects and the threats they pose to the environment and agriculture
This eye-opening investigation reveals the threats posed by invasive species and tackles the issue in a clear, dramatic style. With beautifully shot and edited stories, the producers explain how intrusive plants and insects are introduced to ecosystems that have no natural predators and then take over, doing irrevocable harm to lakes and fields. The film shows how the problem affects farmers, ranchers and other residents of Oregon. After it was broadcast, a hotline was created to report new infestations and despite state budget cuts, legislation is being reinitiated this year seeking checkpoints at Oregon’s borders to inspect boats and vehicles.
Ed Jahn, producer and writer; Bruce Barrow, editor; Jack McGowan, narrator; Cal Scott, composer; Michael Bendixen, Greg Bond, Nick Fisher, Todd Sonflieth, videographers; Sarah Fox, associate producer; Steven M. Bass, CEO; Jeff Douglas, executive producer and station manager.
Watch "The Silent Invasion" here: qtstreaming.jrn.columbia.edu/dupont/2009/silentinvasion.mov