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[this week] On Monday @canyonwoodward and I dusted off our suit jackets, traded out our running shoes for loafers and joined our friends at @protectourwinters and @keepalaskawild to document their trip to Capitol Hill - lobbying on behalf of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ⁣
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[lobbying] In addition to dozens of meetings with members of Congress, @outsidehilary and @callanthegreat testified in front of congress on behalf of the refuge and the effects that climate change and the continued extraction of fossil fuels is having on their livelihoods and communities.  @protectourwinters @alaskawild and members also delivered a pair of rafts adorned in signatures and artwork from the Gwich’in tribe and allies, and a message urging congress to restore the Arctic national wildlife refuge’s protections ⁣
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[backstory] In 1960 the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was established as our nation’s first ecosystem-scale conservation area. Spanning 19.6 million acres, and the largest unit in our National Wildlife Refuge System, the refuge today represents one of our nations last great tracts of wild lands⁣
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[currently] In 2017 a proposal to open the Refuge to oil and gas exploration was slipped through as a part of a tax bill. Narrowly passing on a 52-48 margin the provision opens the heart of the refuge (Area 1002 - the coastal plains) to drilling starting this summer. This is the first time any national wildlife refuge in the United States has been opened and re-designated for oil and gas development, and represents an increasingly brazen attitude toward resource extraction on publicly owned lands⁣
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[ask] In two weeks our elected officials will vote on HB-1146 a bill that would ban oil and gas development in the refuge. To support the bill please write/call/petition your representatives, sign the petition linked in my profile, or text: DONTDRILL to 52886⁣
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@protectourwinters @powcreativealliance @alaskawild @alpacka_raft @moonmountainman @canyonwoodward @jamesqmartin @zeppelinzeerip @lindsaymaine @stateofthebackcountry @callanthegreat @outsidehilary @lucmehl @emelex @sarahbtingey [illustration] @sarahvirginiauhl
  • Grateful for the opportunity to premier our new film ‘(People) Of Water’ alongside so many inspiring friends + films this past weekend at @5pointfilm. The creative and adventurous family this festival has knit together over the years has had quite an impact on my life and it brings me a lot of joy to get to come back each year to share stories and celebrate old and new friends + folks striving to live with intention and compassion while still stoking the fires of the wilder edges .
Making this film was a deeply collaborative learning experience, and so many folks helped bring it to life through their hard work, creative visions and willingness to connect and share. A big thanks to @gnarlybay (Joe, Kyle, Shawn, Chad, Jordan and the j crew, Aaron, Dan, Dana) and to our friends the @usmensraftteam @alltoothbob @puakeadesigns @niumalunation uncle Bobby and all the other kind and generous waterfolk who let us chase them around with cameras and ask them weird questions. Last but not least, thanks to the the @5pointfilm team for another great festival and @chacofootwear for another year of creative support and trust as we followed the currents downstream
  • digging out from the winter [edits]  @patagonia
  • This is Brendan Leonard, aka as @semi_rad. He is my dear friend and for the last 7 years he has pretty much carried me on his shoulders. But every once in a while he also picks me up and carries me in his arms. He is one of my greatest teachers, inspirer of good living and creative collaborator. He will probably hate how sappy that sounds, but it’s true, and he likes true things more than pizza itself. Over the years we’ve had many an over caffeinated conversation on life and art and work and finding our paths in this strange beautiful world, and he actually transcribed our most recent conversation into something you can read if you read words. In it we talk about my first entrepreneurial forays mowing lawns for Marty suminki, sharing the darkroom in our basement with a pair of copperheads, and how I built a career and, more to the point, a life around run-on sentences, meaningful moments, and doing what I love with people I care about. (Mom, you can text me and I will send you the interview directly - or there’s a link in my bio) 📷 @ashleelangholz
  • Fun times working on a story with @laura.yale and @patagonia, documenting the 40+ year efforts of the Crested Butte community and High Country Conservation Advocates + some radical red ladies who have been standing (and skinning) up for Mt Emmons (aka Red Lady Mountain) here in the snowy Colorado highlands. It’s a story of a small town standing up to big mining interests and developing a sustainable (and not coincidentally - fun ) model for activism in the face of extractive interests. Much of the success of this effort has revolved around activating the greater community (regardless of political differences) around an impactful and energetic multi-generational model of grassroots organizing to protect the watershed and natural resources of Red Lady Mountain and the surrounding ecosystems 💃🏻💪
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  • I stood with you as you stood with yourself, surrounded by the stillness that comes just before the light leaves. You asked nothing. Offered all the rest. I stood with you in sunlight and I stood with you in shadow. stood with you when the two danced through your branches, laughing together at their entanglement. I did not wonder then at the difference, as again, we said nothing. in the way trees often do. in our own way. Swaying in unison we nodded our agreement with the wind. On the edge of darkness is light. We have always know this, always found each other here
  • Not all heroes wear capes, but they probably should. Both for fun and for the purpose of being more easily identifiable as awesome. Anyhow, I give you one of my favorite superheroes, Woods. He wears capes, and is awesome. And if the lessons being passed down from his parents and grandpa Duke are any indicator, Woods and Hayes are on track to become some of the most mightiest of our conservation super heroes in the decades to come.
  • Maybe this is what was meant, maybe not. The order of things. our grasp. the love affair that is letting go. Language never needed so many words
  • Duke and I bounce down the road, straddling the ruts, not talking now. Some words better seen than said. The prairie around us shifts, a pastel mirage through dirty glass. Faded yellows into rich golds. We scan the horizon for silhouettes. I still can’t time travel. sometimes when we see certain things though I think we can. maybe now we do. bison trailing a long dusty line across our view. The sun will be gone soon, the mountains all agree. I press the shutter button repeatedly, a metronome of seconds ticked away. Try to hold on to a few. Try to see see what is out there, not just in here. Try to listen, to remember, to speak without breaking silence. Put the camera down and watch now for a spell.
  • Headed home
  • “As we slowly move this herd through the chutes, we make physical contact, touching them even. I looked into this cow’s eye less than a foot away wishing I could see what these eyes have seen through the ages: dinosaurs? Saber tooth tigers? Horsemen in pursuit with spears and arrows? Images I can barely even imagine, yet more vivid than looking into a fire. How they moved through the eons, helping create the great high plains of North America, endless herds that historical accounts document stopping trains for up to 9 days. Fertilizing, recycling organic matter into the soil, feeding the inhabitants of the prairie. I get lost trying to see all the things she has seen. The least we can do is attempt to live with them and learn.” - Ranchlands founder Duke Phillips III @dukephillipslll @ranchlands