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.

If you want more information on the area and what’s going on with the BLM visit or the project page on the Trout Unlimited site.