Wild at Heart Wild at Heart (No. 11) : Page 2
RESTORING THE VISION John Horning or much of my life beauty has worked its magic on my soul, sustaining and inspiring me — whether through the stunning realism of a painting by Caravaggio, the master Italian renaissance painter, or the ruggedness of the Rocky Mountains framed by golden aspens in the fall. My belief in the beauty of Adriel Heisey’s photographs led us to create and produce W ild E arth G uardians ’ new book, The Rio Grande: An Eagle’s View. Though the book alone won’t change policy or write new laws, its beauty and inspiration can guide each of us on the path to protection. It can also lead us to ask the right questions, including questions that have driven me for 15 years. Like, how is it possible that a river as important as the Rio Grande could go dry — as our Great River has on an increasingly frequent basis in the modern era — while the residents of the watershed seemed so oblivious to and unaffected by the impoverishment of the river? And how could we change things to secure the Rio Grande’s rights to its own waters? The answers are complex and complicated. But I do believe that Robert Redford in his foreword to the book said it best when explaining why these images and this book matters: “Photographs however, can’t surmount the Rio Grande’s many modern challenges. But they can show why it’s important that they be surmounted.” My hope is that Adriel Heisey’s awe-inspiring images in The Rio Grande: An Eagle’s View will strengthen and renew each of us as we seek to surmount the challenges that face a living Rio Grande. Visit our website at: Top Priorities>Free Flowing Rio Grande F M ission s tateMent W ild E arth G uardians protects and restores the wildlife, wild places, and wild rivers of the American West. B oard of d irEctors Peter Schoenburg, P rEsidEnt Robin Smith, V icE P rEsidEnt Shannon Larsen, t rEasurEr Todd Ringler, s EcrEtary Mark Rickman Jess Alford Vanessa Scurci Mike Brown Jon Spar Doug Erwin Bill Syme Stephanie Forrest s taff Whitney Bacon, it G uru Bryan Bird, MS, W ild P lacEs P roGram d irEctor Lori Colt, c ommunications d irEctor Angelisa Espinoza, o fficE a dministrator Kevin Gaither-Banchoff, d EVEloPmEnt d irEctor John Horning, E xEcutiVE d irEctor Taylor Jones, E ndanGErEd s PEciEs a dVocatE Mona Kay, B ookkEEPEr Wendy Keefover, MA, c arniVorE P rotEction d irEctor Jim Matison, r Estoration P rojEcts d irEctor Jeremy Nichols, c limatE & E nErGy P roGram d irEctor Carol Norton, a ssociatE d irEctor Samantha Ruscavage-Barz, s taff a ttornEy Mark Salvo, JD, s aGEBrush s Ea c amPaiGn d irEctor Jay Tutchton, G EnEral c ounsEl Ashley Wilmes, s taff a ttornEy W ild E arth G uardians is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. s anta f E o fficE : 516 Alto Street Santa Fe, NM 87501 t El 505.988.9126 f ax 505.213.1895 d EnVEr o fficE : 1536 Wynkoop St. Ste. 301 Denver, CO 80202 t El 303.573.4898 o fficEs also in : Phoenix, Tucson, Boulder Special thanks to Jean Martin for copy editing. GUARDIANS GIVERS Jeff and Kari Keenan BETHANY ORBISON W c oVEr P hoto : Adriel Heisey 100 percent recycled, 50 percent PCW 2 hen Jeff and Kari Keenan started conceptualizing their new venture, Whoo’s Donuts, they wanted the owl on the logo to be more than just window dressing. They decided to launch Three for the Trees, a program any retailer can leverage that gives three cents for every item sold to support W ild E arth G uardians ’ tree-planting efforts. “We wanted to plant trees and we wanted to support a local organization. W ild E arth G uardians does a good job of identifying issues and prioritizing actions. You put money to good use. We built the three cents into our pricing strategy so that every customer can participate.” If you are interested in collaborating with G uardians on a similar give-back concept, visit our ‘In the Market’ page on our website: Support Us>In the Market.
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