nature

Wilderness Crunch: Northern States Feel it Most

We love the outdoors at Mountainfilm in Telluride, but a new study, “Outdoor Recreation in the Northern United States," shows that America's growing population and increasing interest in the outdoors is straining state and federal recreation areas, particularly in the northern states. The research, commissioned by the U.S. Forest Service, looks at 20 states in the north — extending from Maine to Minnesota and from Missouri to Maryland — and concludes that while the area’s population growth was less than the rest of the country, there will still be a conflict for land and water resources, especially when it comes to outdoor activities.

In this northern region, approximately 90 to 94 million people age 16 and older engage in outdoor recreation that ranges from hunting and fishing to orienteering, kayaking and mountain biking. The most popular activities are pretty tame: walking for pleasure, family gatherings outdoors, viewing/ photographing natural scenery, visiting outdoor nature centers,gardening or landscaping, and picnicking.

Not Just Pretty Pictures: Photographers Aid Conservation Issues

Mountainfilm in Telluride has long celebrated the work of some of the world's leading outdoor and nature photographers, many of whom have taken part in the festival’s Gallery Walk. A recent Washington Post article examines the impact that National Geographic photographers have had on conservation issues, and it features several photographers who’ve displayed their work at the festival

To Watch: Murmuration

A murmuration is a large number of starlings, and this remarkable, short film tells you so much more about this phenomenon.

Minds of Mountainfilm 2010: Interview with Author John Vaillant

Prayer flags blowing in the windEach Memorial Day weekend, artists and activists, filmmakers and photographers come to Telluride for Mountainfilm. At our core, we are about exploring, preserving and sustaining environments, cultures and conversations, so this unique gathering is part film festival and part ideas festival with leading edge thinkers – and doers – getting together to change the world. Leading up to this year’s festival we wanted to focus on conversations worth sustaining and we’ve asked some of Mountainfilm’s special guests to help us out. Throughout the coming weeks we’ll be posting our conversations with them. We hope that they engage and inspire you.

Photo Inspiration: Glacier National Park Wildlife

ram in Glacier National ParkAs part of our photo contest, we’re featuring some of our favorites here on the blog. Every week we’ll be bringing you another photo that in one way or another reflects our mission statement: educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining. This photo struck us because the ram appears quite majestic, and seems un-phased as it confronts the photographer head-on. However, the balance struck also seems tenuous; though the ram doesn't seem to mind the intrusion, he also seems poised and ready to leap at the merest hint of danger.