My friend Josh Duplechain, a communications specialist for Trout Unlimited, is a wizard with a camera. He makes both still and moving images. His latest project is about 17-year-old Haley Powell, the youth membership chairwoman for Wyoming TU. Powell is passionate about her local fishing area called Little Mountain. It’s a gorgeous backcountry area that encompasses over 500,000 acres, half of which has been leased by the BLM for oil and gas development.
“I connect with the area so much that I don’t want to see it go. I want to see it here and I want to know that I can always come out to Little Mountain and have this opportunity to go fish, hike or to take pictures. I want to know that I still have that and that’s why I’m so passionate about this area,” said Powell.
Hearing a 17-year-old speak so eloquently and passionately about her backyard gives me hope for the future of conservation and places like Little Mountain. Take a moment and watch the short film. It’s worth five minutes of your day.