From the Ground Up Blog

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A Digital Bird's Eye View of My Special Places

Diana Schoder, September 2015


Seeing Resiliency by Foot: Black Mountain, Vermont

Miranda Spencer, June 2015


Highlands of Roan: Hiking with Sally Jewell
David Ray, September 2014

Sally Jewell Photographing Hikers Photo David Ray"I was yards away from the rocky summit on the Tennessee/North Carolina line when a member of my hiking party stopped to oblige a pair of backpackers’ request to be photographed in front of a sign reading “Jane Bald 5,807 ft.” Today something uncommon was afoot here in the Roan. As my group continued northward along the Appalachian Trail, I couldn’t resist stepping back to ask the backpackers: “Did anyone tell you who just took your picture?” “No,” they said. “Who was it?”  “The U.S. Secretary of the Interior,” I told them. “Sally Jewell...” 


Making of a Delaware River Rat: Delaware Sojourn

Peter Howell, June 2014 

Peter Howell Delaware River  (0697) "I had just come through the Mongaup Rapids and was frantically bailing out my kayak when the paddler next to me pointed upward to the sky. I looked just in time to see a mature bald eagle glide by with a fish in its talons, clearly headed for a tasty lunch.

I wondered what the eagle made of us – 100 or so kayakers and canoeists making our way down the Delaware just above Matamoras..."


Down the Delaware Part II: Delaware Sojourn (& Son)
Abby Weinberg, June 2014

Contemplating the trip ahead web Jack Abby.jpg "Fifty years ago, the lower Delaware River, as it opens to the Bay, was remarkable for its “dead zone.” The Clean Water Act did not exist and the river was used as an open sewer system. A good stretch of the Delaware above Philadelphia didn’t have enough oxygen in the water to support any forms of life... "


Finding Common Ground: Brushy Mountain, MA

Peter Howell, March 2012

Kristin DeBoers and Cindy Jones Brushy Mountain"Kristin DeBoer and Cinda Jones seemed like an unlikely pair to negotiate the largest working forest conservation deal in Massachusetts history. DeBoer, the head of the Kestrel Land Trust, was an advocate for New England wilderness restoration, who worked on a campaign that hoped to create a national park in Maine. Jones, head of the ninth generation to run W.D. Cowls, a forest products company, is a self-proclaimed private property rights advocate who had opposed the wilderness park..."


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