Long-time Tonal Vision client, Cheryle Franceschi is in the news again with her newest documentary, "Mr. Besley's Forest: A Documentary About Maryland's First State Forester". Cheryle produced the first version in 2015 as a short. After the success of "Conservation Kids: A Green STEM Documentary", she saw an opportunity and added additional material to bring it to a 30-minute broadcast version. The documentary aired on Maryland Public Television on Nov. 7, 2020 and is currently streaming on PBS.org, as well as a number of other stations across the country. Tonal Vision edited and produced the music for the documentary, as well as assisting with the videography.
Fred W. Besley was the third state forester in the nation and the first in Maryland. A protege of Gifford Pinchot, the first chief U.S. Forest and President Theodore Roosevelt’s advisor on conservation matters, Besley was the first in the nation to establish eligibility rules for crowning champion big trees.
Earlier in 2020, Cheryle also partnered with The Maryland State Archives to jointly share 5 excerpts pf "Mr. Besley's Forest" to celebrate Earth Week. The excerpts were shared on Maryland State Archives’ facebook page to help teachers, students, and parents as they continue to transition from the classrooms to the Cloud. Three excerpts have STEM & Humanities curriculum and the other two are written to Next Generation Science Standards.
Director of Special Collections and Conservation at Maryland State Archives, Maria Day says: "There is no doubt that Fred Besley is a significant person in our State's history. Without him, the wonderful state parks and forests that Marylanders have grown up enjoying might not be here.”