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Let the Ents march again!
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• Posted by: Christian Clemmensen   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, January 30, 2022, at 10:39 a.m.
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Regulars at Filmtracks know that I rarely advocate seriously for causes unrelated to soundtracks at this site, with the obvious exception of the American political endorsements every four years. I now have a cause that's so important to me personally, however, that I ask for your consideration and support.

A few of you I converse with away from the site know that Stella and I bought a small forest in poor condition near Seattle in 2016 and have been restoring it ever since. It's been a (expensive) labor of love for us, but nothing is more rewarding to us than clearing invasive, noxious species and planting trees. When I'm not maintaining Filmtracks in my spare time, there's a good chance I'm covered in dirt as I work in the forest.

To our immense sadness, clear-cutters purchased the forest next to ours and tore it down to bare dirt because they wanted to live on a pasture instead. They did this without proper permits, and their clear-cutting extended into our forest. Now they have submitted for another permit that includes removing up to an additional 70 trees from our forest in a disputed easement on which they want to build a second entrance to their planned "agricultural operations."

A community website meant to lobby the county permit reviewers and stop the clear-cutters is at and I've set up a GoFundMe account at to help boost both our restoration efforts and legal challenge to the clear-cutters. These efforts mean the world to us.

Stella and I are launching a social campaign for this cause, and we're asking our friends in the soundtrack community to share the GoFundMe link with all the tree-lovers they collectively know. This is climate change up close and personal, folks, and it's our chance to stop pointless clear-cutting even though it's in merely one small forest.

If you are considering a donation to Filmtracks, I ask that you support this GoFundMe campaign instead over the next few months so we can build some momentum for our trees:

(The cut taken by GoFundMe and Paypal is identical.)

If any of you feel really passionately about forests, then I encourage you to email the permit reviewers listed at and tell them that the forest violators should restore more of the habitat that they weren't originally permitted to destroy, too. All the pressure helps!

I will be shifting some of the ads at Filmtracks over to this link shortly. If only we could summon some Ents...

Many thanks,


A small forest near Seattle needs our help

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