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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Staff Thoughts: From Lake City to the Middle Fork River

Post by Amber Benson

The first weekend of August proved to be a very busy one for the staff and a dedicated volunteer at WWC. On Saturday we hosted a booth at Pioneer Days in Lake City, and on Sunday we headed to the Middle Fork River area.

Setup for Saturday was between 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM and we didn’t stop until just after 6:00 PM. Due to the long hours, our staff pulled together and rotated every 3 – 4 hours to keep faces fresh and avoid burnout. Traffic was slow in the morning as many people were probably still trying to get out the door. But by 11, things really started to pick up. People had a genuine interest in learning what we’re about and why it’s important to save our wilderness. We educated them on our efforts to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and how we work hard to include and listen to groups that would not normally be considered our allies. It was a new event for WWC, and we enjoyed the opportunity to meet neighbors and residents in the Lake City neighborhood.

On Sunday some of the staff and a couple of volunteers got upearly and headed to the Middle Fork River area. The purpose was to shoot two interviews for a short video we plan to present at this year’s 30th Anniversary celebration in November.

Jon Owen, Deputy Campaigns Director for Campaign for America’s Wilderness, and Doug North, WWC Board Member and Treasurer, were the two subjects being interviewed. The shoot was educational for everyone; some learned the ins and outs of audio/video, while others had the opportunity to hear more about WWC and it’s 30 year history. You can see from the pictures that everyone had a role, whether it was waving flies off the photographer; holding a reflector, or simply observing! Thank you to all of our volunteers and staff that made this possible. We look forward to revealing the final product in November.

~Amber Benson
Outreach & Membership Coordinator

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