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Re: Let the Ents march again!
• Posted by: Zack
• Date: Sunday, January 30, 2022, at 12:20 p.m.
• IP Address:
• In Response to: Let the Ents march again! (Christian Clemmensen)

I want to make sure I understand this. The people that bought the forest next to your forest wanted to have a pasture ... so they bought a forest? Then they cut it down without following the law? It sounds like they're either assholes or really really stupid.

> 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,

> Christian

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