New Hampshire doesn’t strike anyone as a hotbed of conservation work. Most people get visions of African lions, elephants or far off lands in desperate need of money, manpower and political initiatives, not New England. Search Instagram #conservation photography starting here and almost all the images are of exotic animals on the brink, close to none of the photography or stories come from my part of the world. I don’t pretend to understand the underlying factors there, but I am interested in making the world a better place little by little. Thankfully we all have different things we’re passionate about, imagine if we all loved lions and care nothing of anything else? As I get deeper and deeper into the filming and photographing the conservation work that is being done here in New Hampshire, Maine and New England I get more interested and realize that local conservation does have and affect the big picture. Forests impact the water, soil and countless animals, large rivers impact the ocean, small streams feed large rivers, it’s all pretty obvious but all these little things add up. Living in the mountains I can impact the Atlantic Ocean 150 miles away. That’s a pretty cool notion. Looking back at 2015 I got to work with The Nature Conservancy, USFS Hubbard Brook Research Center and NH Public Television all of those organizations working to combine science and conservation to make out little corner of the world a little better and in turn making the bigger systems a little less taxed, a little healthier and all of us a little smarter.
I look forward to new film and photography projects and a couple of ongoing projects this year with these organizations and new ones, invigorated, knowing that filming and photographing science and conservation helps locally and eventually globally.