ECOFLIGHT

Rating: 4.86 stars   22 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 307L AABC Aspen CO 81611 USA

Mission: EcoFlight advocates for the protection of remaining wilderness and wildlife habitat through the use of small aircraft, and provides educational programs designed to encourage an environmental stewardship ethic among citizens of all ages.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I care deeply about the environment. I was very impressed with the passion of EcoFlight team to observe and collect vital information about the use and abuse of the land, air and water. Then, once collected offering it free to anyone. This rare, gracious objective is hard to find anymore. The beauty of their photography is also commendable. It is not purely scientific or revelatory examples of questionable environmental practices, but also represents the West is all its beauty. Knowing organizations like this exist is inspiring. We need this kind of passion from so many sources to try to turn the tide of environmental exploitation and return humans to their original enchantment with the environment, an enchantment that would not allow the degradation that is now taking place with little understanding. Organizations like this help us see and change.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Review from Guidestar
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Over the last three years, I have been researching water and habitat issues throughout the Colorado River Basin, as a National Geographic Grantee. Pilot Bruce Gordon's generosity and professionalism allowed me a better understanding, from a bird's eye perspective, of the river. He repeatedly flew me and the photographer, Pete McBride over the river, from Colorado to the Mexican Delta, for more than three days in the air, with a willingness and cheerfulness in helping us to explore every corner of the river. I highly recommend the services of this unique nonprofit.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Mexico.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My schedule has never allowed me to take an Ecoflight, yet I benefit from their work. The newspaper stories about public land issues, written by reporters taken on Ecoflight tours greatly increases the public understanding of the many environmental issues facing our community that are not readily 'visible' from the ground. Ecoflight has played a great role bringing a 'landscape veiw' to my peers and to those higher up in the public land management agencies. I greatly appreciate the impact that Ecoflights have made.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

public meetings where visual aids speak a thousand words!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They find a way to let the land speak for itself and bring a whole system veiw to what may on the surface appear to be unrelated, incremental changes to a region.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated in the extreme, doing great work with limited resources and bringing their passion for flying to bear on the issues facing western landscapes today.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

put the concerns and challenges of natural resource development on the cover of time magazine and change public perceptions about their role in energy demand and climate change.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Ecoflight has been a valuable asset for both my ecology and environmental science classes! Being able to observe the impacts of oil and gas drilling on the Western Slope (last year) taught the kids more than any lecture or reading. The same can be said for the flight this year in ecology that took us over swaths of forest being harmed by the bark beetle outbreak. In both cases being able to see these impacts from the air has a much greater impact on students because you can truly see the scope and magnitude of what is merely being read about in class. Lastly, the flights in my classes are generally one of the best experiences of a student's high school career!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the experience my students get from taking a flight and the impact these flights have on the students' learning

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful and dedicated to environmental education

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Bravo to Bruce Gordon and EcoFlight! We need 10,000 like him around the globe to reate perspective, and heal our fragile ecosystems. The interconnectivity of our planet becomes so obvious when viewed from above. The balance and harmony of our systems, the devestation wrought by unthinking industry and unplanned development. EcoFlight is an invaluable resource, a teacher, and leader in the western states in the fight to save our planet.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As Bruce flew us thru canyons and over cliffs and across the tailings and mine waste, we saw first hand the result of erosion, the depletion of aquafiers, the degredation of the soil systems, the dead forest.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Serve some really good hors duerves

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

Ecoflight provided our organization with the invalable

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the airplane with reporters and decision-makers who see either the direct impacts on the ground and lands that can still be protected or impacts reduced.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Very easy to work with and provide a service that is not affordable for non-profits in most cases

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and cooperative

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand this service to others

Ways to make it better...

we would have had more time

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the weather to cooperate

One thing I'd also say is that...

If you have an issue that deals with land or water or air impacts or an area your are trying to protect there is no better way to educate people about that area and issue on the landscape than from seeing it in the air.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Bruce is a passionate environmentalist who has built a wonderful organization dedicated to preserving our wilderness and open spaces. I've flown with him on many occasions his knowledge of the land-use issues such as mining and drilling never ceases to amaze me. Perhaps the most interesting flight I have been involved with was when I volunteered to fly senator Mark Udall to look at the environmental imapact of drilling activities in western Colorado. Bruce was on board narrating and it was incredibly enlighting to discuss the specific issues while viewing them from the air.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how effective their process is at making an impact on decision and policy makers. Viewing environmental damage and impact from the air is a great agent for change.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

top notch.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have nothing but excellent things to say about EcoFlight and its founder Bruce Gordon. Bruce is exceptionally passionate about environmental conservation and has been for his entire life. He is not only passionate in his heart but in his deeds as well. EcoFlight is a brilliant example of this. EcoFlight serves the nonprofit conservation community tremendously by providing aerial perspectives for conservation projects. One of the greatest things about EcoFlight and a true measure of Bruce's selfless love for the environment is the fact that his organization empowers other organizations with this service. He's not pushing his own limited agenda but serving the conservation community as a whole with EcoFlight. Bravo Bruce and Godspeed!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the down to earth practicality of bringing conservation education to high leverage individuals via the perspective of an ecosystem from an airplane.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptionally intelligent, big hearted and enthusiastic about conservation and preserving the earth for the future generations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

EcoFlight has been a tremendous assistance in our efforts to protect Colorado's environment. Bruce has been a capable pilot and guide for County Commissioners and members of the press as they saw first hand the consequences of natural gas development. Bruce and Jane have also assisted us with aerial photography needs with the photos proving useful time and again.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

EcoFlight makes a concerted effort to address the specific needs and concerns of the groups and individuals it is flying for.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Eco flight has proved invaluable over the past few years in our efforts to publicize the impacts of rampant gas development in NW Colorado and on the Roan Plateau. Bruce and his staff are knowledgeable and always able to help, whether its with the press or elected officials. Seeing what is happening from the air is the only real way to grasp the full extent and significance of energy development in the west and the damage it causes to wildlife and habitat.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

NW Colorado. Very effective!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The time spent with Bruce and flying over areas of concern

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Bruce Gordon.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

A hell of a lot of good to make people aware of whats going on around them, things that are "invisible" from the ground but in full view from the air.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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