Fundy Biosphere Reserve Welcomes Striking Balance (Canada-Wide Documentary Series) Crew

Posted July 6, 2015

A national spotlight is set to shine on the UNESCO-designated Fundy Biosphere Reserve (FBR), thanks to TVO’s upcoming Striking Balance documentary series. The Striking Balance film crew from Ontario is currently visiting the Fundy Biosphere Reserve.

Produced in association with The Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Knowledge Network, Parks Canada, and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Striking Balance series is set to air in September 2016. It will explore eight of Canada’s breathtaking UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves, sharing stories of little-known, but amazing scientific and cultural discoveries happening across this vast and resource-rich country.

The Striking Balance team held a first visit in the Fundy Biosphere Reserve last year (August and October 2014), interviewing staff and board members as well as various partners, such as the New Brunswick Museum, Fundy National Park, the Rocks Provincial Park, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Fort Folly First Nation, Albert County Museum and Mount Allison University.

"After filming for 18 days in the Fundy Biosphere Reserve last fall, and a winter of post-production, we are excited to return once more to capture the flora and fauna of the Upper Bay of Fundy in its summer splendor,” says Striking Balance Producer Yvonne Drebert. “In our previous expeditions, we focused on interviews with some of the area’s most active and interesting residents, scientists, and conservationists. To compliment their stories, we’ll be concentrating on both the natural and man-made landscapes of the Fundy Biosphere Reserve while filming this July."

“It’s wonderful to have the Striking Balance film crew here, shining a spotlight on the exceptional beauty and diversity of the Fundy Biosphere Reserve,” says FBR Executive Director Megan de Graaf. “The crew will surely be able to capture some of our Amazing Places, the most popular and spectacular hiking destinations within the Biosphere Reserve, which we continue to highlight and promote.” In fact, the FBR’s newest project is focussing on producing more videos to help people discover these amazing hiking destinations. FBR Conservation Scientist Ben Phillips and owner of VIDEOBAND Craig Norris will be filming footage this summer to produce instructional videos for residents and visitors to hike the Fundy Footpath.

“Another great project we’ll be able to update the Striking Balance team on is our Forests of the Future project,” adds de Graaf. The Striking Balance crew interviewed FBR staff and key partners on this project last year, when the FBR was leading research into how climate change would affect the Acadian Forest and had just finished planting 2,500 climate-change resilient trees within key areas of the Biosphere Reserve. The FBR has since produced maps showing current as well as projected forest composition within the reserve and an educational pamphlet for foresters, woodlot owners, municipal planner and nurseries, which identifies the best tree species to start planting right now to ensure healthy forest composition and health in the future. These resources and more details on the project are available here: http://www.fundy-biosphere.ca/en/home/forests-of-the-future.html.

Check out the Striking Balance series’ website (www.strikingbalance.ca), Facebook page, (facebook.com/strikingbalancetv) and other social media feeds for “behind the scenes” photos, videos, and comments from the Striking Balance crew as they travel the country. Updates will also be posted on the Fundy Biosphere’s website (Fundy-Biosphere.ca) and the Fundy Biosphere Reserve’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FundyBiosphereReserve).