Farmer, hunter, podcast producer, filmmaker and photographer.
I'm a descendant of Appalachian coal miners, Ohio River steel mill workers, and West Virginia homesteaders. I grew up just a few miles away from the Cuyahoga River, which famously caught fire a dozen times due to pollution, in part sparking the environmental movement in the late 1960s. That is my baseline. So now, after nearly a decade of living in Montana on the margins of the most intact ecosystem in the lower forty-eight, the Greater Yellowstone, I take the threats of political division, land-use change, drought, fire, and environmental injustice seriously.
In our polarized age, I believe stories can serve as a bridge to foster understanding and guide people down the path of healing and expanding their own relationships with their ecological and human communities.
What inspires me most is the people I meet who maintain a viable relationship with their landscape. Communities that are closest to nature hold the key to a vibrant, resilient, more just future.