Raising Awareness for Public Lands
Updated: Jun 11
In the summer of 2017, two friends and I set off on a run across the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to rally community support for public lands. In addition to attempting this monumental personal challenge, we wanted to use the story of our adventure as a vehicle for advocating in favor of protecting public lands. Using Patagonia's Tools for Grassroots Activists as our guide, we organized our first campaign for a cause.
We rallied support from Montana non-profits such as the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and Montana Wilderness Association, the latter of which awarded us the Keep It Wild award for our work in protecting Montana's public lands. We also partnered with local and national brands who provided in-kind support and helped the film reach a larger audience. The no-budget film made the rounds in nearly a dozen film festivals all over the world.
The Common Ground project resulted in a feature article I wrote for Trail Runner Magazine, which you can read online here.
Article by Zach Altman
All photos by Seth Langbauer
Film + Project directed by Anthony Pavkovich
Film by Eli Abeles-Allison