CSU Students, Faculty Featured in Film

Columbus State University’s Earth and Space Science faculty and students will be featured this Sunday in a film to be live-streamed at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour. The short film, created by The Nature Conservancy, highlights a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy and CSU students and faculty. CSU professor Dr. Troy Keller will also be a panelist in a live chat discussion following the film’s premiere.

"This short film highlights the partnership between The Nature Conservancy and Department of Earth and Space Sciences,” said Dr. Keller. “The partnership provides an unparalleled opportunity for CSU students to get first hand experience working on an innovative project that will serve as a model for restoration in the region."

CSU began a partnership with The Nature Conservancy in 2019, as The Nature Conservancy worked on a stream restoration project in the Upatoi Creek watershed near Ft. Benning. While The Nature Conservancy worked to remove several dams and restore streams on their own land, CSU students and faculty monitored the area before and after restoration to understand potential habitat improvements resulting from the project. CSU professor Dr. Stacey Blersch is a principal investigator on the project and is featured prominently within the film.

“Being a part of this restoration effort has been an amazing experience for myself as well as my students,” said Dr. Blersch. “Seeing the project evolve from a plan on paper to physical structures in a stream is something most students don’t get to experience. We hope this project will serve as a model of partnership for restoration in our region, and provide restoration practitioners with new tools to assess the outcome of these efforts in a changing climate.”

The Trees Columbus Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour will be held virtually this Sunday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. For the third year in a row, a custom-curated collection of environmental films and documentaries will be available for viewers to enjoy. The livestream event will also have a continuous live chat during the program, so the audience can converse with filmmakers, special guests, and with each other- in real-time. Ticket prices will range from $15 to $30.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was established by the South Yuba River Citizens League in California. They invite partners to produce nearly 250 On Tour events annually. Festivals aim to inspire environmental activism and a love for nature– through the power of film. The On Tour festival in Columbus benefits Trees Columbus, a local environmental non-profit member organization founded in 2000 that leads the effort to protect Columbus' urban tree canopy. As of 2019, the On Tour event in Col

umbus, GA has been the largest in the country. For more information about tickets and films, please visit https://www.treescolumbus.org/wsff.