Conservation – Beyond the Edge

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Runners See a Different Side of the Roof of Africa

Simon Mtuy knows every inch of the popular hiking routes that snake up the sides of Africa’s highest mountain. A Chagga tribesman who grew up in a small village nestled in the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mtuy’s first job nearly 35 years ago was to porter equipment for international climbers aspiring to tag the peak’s…

Adventurer to Attempt Extreme Swims to Protect Antarctic Seas—in Just a Speedo

A man in a Speedo is no match for a curious sea lion. Extreme swimmer Lewis Pugh and his team came to that conclusion pretty quickly last Friday when one of the massive marine mammals began to stalk Pugh less than 200 meters into a planned one-kilometer crawl in the waters of Campbell Island, located…

One Year Later, Filmmakers Find Dam Removal Has Captured the Public’s Imagination

A year after their award-winning film came out, the DamNation filmmakers share a look at the growing public support for “deadbeat” dam removal in the U.S. This past summer, a demolition crew used a battery of explosives to destroy the last section of the 210-foot-tall Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River in northwestern Washington…

Opinion: A Dam for Canada’s Peace River Valley?

Jenny Nichols is a filmmaker focused on global conservation issues. Xavier Beam is standing in his backyard on the banks of the Peace River in British Columbia, Canada. He’s holding a fishing pole and shading his eyes to watch his younger brothers paddling in a tiny canoe. I ask him about the proposed Site C…

Our Canyon Lands Film Series Aims to Protect Our Wild West Backyard

“We are wild creatures, and if you remove wilderness from us, you take away our human spirit.” The story of Canyonlands National Park, and the lands that border it, is a complex tale of political horse trading, pressures for resource extraction, and recreational opportunities. It is also a story of the Wild West, of a rugged…

Video: Nobody’s River – Kayakers Share Internal, External Struggles of Amur Adventure

The journey planned is rarely the journey taken. The Nobody’s River expedition team had no idea how true this would be as they prepared to leave for a two-month expedition in Mongolia and Russia. Today, the team released the trailer to their film that documents their journey along the Amur River, one of the few remaining free-flowing…

Video: The Guardian – Chasing the “Greatest Conservation Story Ever Told” in Namibia

An elephant! Her leathery wrinkles are amazing—great texture. Must get a detail shot. Did we get a model release for that beautiful child? Yes, ok good. Who will be the main voice of the film? There is a pride of lions lounging under that tree.  When will we charge our batteries next? Oh there’s an…

New Film DamNation Takes Aim at Bringing Down Deadbeat Dams

Two filmmakers went on a three-year adventure to understand what it takes to restore free-flowing rivers. It starts with removing deadbeat dams. In the summer of 2011, Colorado-based filmmakers Travis Rummel and Ben Knight hit the road in a borrowed camper van with  a laundry list of dams, a quiver of cameras, and a dream…

Calling New England Watersports Adventurers—Help Save Our Oceans from Plastic Debris

When paddler/filmmaker Steve Weileman bottled his first sample of sea water off a remote, undeveloped section of the Alaskan coast, it looked transparent and pristine.  Weeks later when Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC) partner scientist Abby Barrows looked at the same sample under her microscope she found what she finds in more than 85 percent of surface sea…

Nobody’s River: The Rewards of a Difficult Journey

“Why would you come to this place that God forgot?” asked Natalia. Her kind eyes and shockingly clear English made the dingy beach we had just landed on and Soviet-era landscape of Komsomolsk Na Amure feel suddenly more welcoming. I had asked myself a similar question many times during the two weeks before our arrival…