International Year of Forests to host January film festival in Sitka

The Sitka Ranger District of the Tongass National Forest and the Sitka National Historical Park will host an International Year of Forests Film Festival during January, with free movies at 7 p.m. on Thursday nights and 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoons throughout the month at the Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center Theater.

The year 2011 was declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations General Assembly, and throughout the year several events celebrating forests were held in communities throughout the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska (including Sitka) and Chugach National Forest in Southcentral Alaska.

Each week will feature a different theme for its movies, with the first week being “Cherish Your Inheritance,” the second week “Explore Your Backyard,” third week “Celebrate Your Heritage,” and fourth week “Find Your Inspiration.” Most Thursday events (Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26) will feature a couple of shorter films and one longer one. Most of the Saturday events (Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28) will feature one longer feature film.

A copy of the festival poster is linked below, as is a copy of the news release for the first week’s films. All movies are free and open to the public. To learn more, contact Darrin Kelly at 747-4280 or or Becky Latanich at 747-0132 or For more information about the film festival, go to To learn more about the International Year of Forests, go to or go to

• International Year of Forests Film Festival poster for Sitka

• First week press release for International Year of Forests Film Festival in Sitka

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