Friday, October 24, 2008

Hunter Nichols and the Alabama Water Agenda

We recently received a note and a new video from Hunter Nichols, a rising force in the quest to protect the integrity and health of our nation's waterways.

Hunter's home turf is Alabama and he is doing his utmost to call attention to the urgent issues surrounding Alabama's rivers.

Any time you doubt your ability to make a difference as an individual, just check in and see what Hunter and others like him are doing.

Start small. Dream Big. Don't stop.

Please click the link below to watch a short film on The Alabama Water Agenda.

The Alabama Water Agenda is a proactive, citizen-driven campaign for improving water policy in Alabama. The Agenda targets the biggest threats to our waters by ensuring lasting protections through improved state policy.

This film and the printed brochure available at highlight the numerous values of our waterways, the major threats to our waters, and the steps we can take to ensure healthy waters for generations to come.

To endorse and find out more information about the Agenda please visit your elected officials about the Agenda.

To find your state representatives visit can also help by joining, volunteering, or making a contribution to the Alabama Rivers Alliance. For more information please visit

Friday, October 10, 2008

NANPA Student Molly Steinwald Receives International Recognition

Molly Barger Steinwald, a 2008 NANPA College Scholarship winner, has received honorable mention from the prestigious Pilsner Urquell International Photography Awards Competition.
Her photo was selected from among 22,000 entries from 124 countries.

To read more about Molly and this award, go to

To see Molly's work, go to

She's a positive force in the universe. Keep your eye on this young woman!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Voices Behind the Camera - ILCP Photographer Annie Griffiths Belt

Born and raised in Minneapolis, National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt earned her bachelor of arts in photojournalism from the University of Minnesota.

Since then she has photographed dozens of magazine and book projects for the National Geographic Society, including magazine stories on Fiordland New Zealand, Baja California, Israel's Galilee, Petra, The San Pedro River, Barrier Islands, England's Lake District, and the Badlands, as well as having her work featured in the book National Geographic Women Photographers.

She has donated photographs to numerous environmental causes and fundraisers. She speaks and teaches regularly on environmental topics. In one year alone, Belt spoke to more than 10,000 high school and college students on the subject of "Compassionate Conservation". Belt also produces an annual set of pictures to help raise funding and awareness for aid organizations including Habitat for Humanity.

With a grant from National Geographic Society's Expeditions Council, Belt and author Barbara Kingsolver created Last Stand: America's Virgin Lands, a book celebrating the last pristine wilderness in North America. Proceeds from the book have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for land conservation grants.