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Forest Guys

Webmaster Jim Hood, TreePeople CEO Andy Lipkis, Executive Producers Harry Wiland, Dale Bell

Edens Lost & Found will tell the story of urban rebirth not only through the eyes of experts, but also through the passionate and committed eyes of "extraordinary ordinary" Americans. Threaded throughout will be stories of adult volunteers and school children planting trees and cleaning up vacant lots, working alongside laborers pulling up tarmac and sledge-hammering cement slabs to re-plant grass fields in school-yards.

Characters in our story include government officials, environmentalists, engineers and architects. We will see them in Sun Valley (Los Angeles) as they figure out ways to solve a combined flooding, drought and water pollution problem by designing and installing a landscape that mimics/simulates the functions of a forest ecosystem. They will plant trees, strategically lay mulch, install high tech water storage systems in cisterns and underground storage tanks to capture, clean, store and reuse rainwater to help meet local water needs.

In two, one-hour, nationally-broadcast episodes, Edens Lost & Found will reveal the wealth of scientific and academic research, as well as successful, proven, tested models and demonstrations of relatively new technologies, and general media information on the positive impact of trees and plantings in urban environments. This information will be interwoven and reflected throughout the program and its Website, to provide a solid, educated underpinning to the activities on which we focus.

In our 2-hour special, Edens Lost & Found (EL&F) will examine shifting urban priorities, re-visit earlier environmental strategies, and focus on the renewal of our great American cities through the creation of sustainable ecosystems. Our selected cities include Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Seattle. The project will motivate citizens to become stewards of their urban parks and open spaces. It will motivate citizens to recapture and restore their neighborhoods. It will encourage civic engagement and promote the art of community.

Our show will be hosted, on camera, by an internationally recognized personality. Candidates under serious discussion include Jamie Lee Curtis, Robert Redford, and Ed Begley Jr.

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