As an environmental geologist, its my job to protect our environment and clean up our country, but as an outdoor enthusiast and dedicated nature photographer, its also my passion. I've worked with a variety of environmental and conservation organizations to further their missions by documenting their hard work and the beauty that they are protecting.
The Minnesota Land Trust mission is to protect and restore Minnesota's most vital natural lands in order to provide wildlife habitat, clean water, outdoor experiences and scenic beauty for generations to come. I have donated my images from all over Minnesota to further their cause. During the 2015 summer, I worked with the Minnesota Land Trust to document an exciting and promising new partnership with a first generation cattle farming family. Through my lens, I captured the immense changes that this gorgeous property went through after implementing a sustainable conservation grazing plan. You can read more about this project in Part 1 and Part 2 of my blog posts. My images help the Minnesota Land Trust to inspire Minnesotans to take part in protecting the land that they love.
As a board member of the Izaak Walton League Bush Lake Chapter, I'm helping to advance the Ike's mission to conserve, maintain, protect, and restore the soil, forest, water, and other natural resources of the United States and other lands; to promote means and opportunities for the education of the public with respect to such resources and their enjoyment and wholesome utilization.
The Washington Trails Association works to preserve, enhance, and promote hiking opportunities in Washington state through collaboration, education, advocacy and volunteer trail maintenance. Note only did I contribute to WTA's mission by donating photos from hiking trails throughout Washington, but I worked extensively with WTA to write gear and photography articles for Washington Trails Magazine, with a circulation of over 15,000.
The St Louis River is the largest U.S. tributary to Lake Superior, flowing 179 miles before spilling into Lake Superior between Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin. Development along the St. Louis River over the past 130 years has contributed to harmful contaminated sediment throughout the lower estuary and Duluth/Superior Harbor. Through my work at Bay West, I've been able to document efforts to clean up contamination in the river. Cleanup of the St. Louis River will restore a critical ecosystem and improve recreation opportunities included the City of Duluth's Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Learn more about the St. Louis River Area of Concern here.