Rating: 4.94 stars 17 reviews
Location: PO Box 653 Lander WY 82520 USA
Programs: LightHawk's environmental programs are organized along geographic boundaries: the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest, the Rocky Mountains, and Mesoamerica; we also fly limited missions east of the Rockies and in the Caribbean. The issues we address through our flights range, literally, from flamingos to nuclear power, supporting efforts focused on forests, coastal and ocean conditions, deserts and grasslands, and urban and industrial issues. Our partners range from small community organizations with no paid staff to U.S. and foreign government agencies and international NGOs. Our field staff works with our partners to educate and support them on the often complex logistics and preparation required to produce safe, high quality flights with maximum impact.The diverse types of missions we fly include guided educational flights for passengers who may be local villager leaders or members of Congress; media flights for reporters, photographers and filmmakers working on environmental stories; technical flights to support scientists working on habitat and species surveys; and surveillance flights that help document environmental crimes and land use conditions.
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I've been a donor to LightHawk for at least fifteen years. I started donating as soon as I heard about it, especially as gifts for people I knew who were or had been pilots. The service LightHawk provides for non-profits, government officials, scientists, and other interested parties is unlike any other - they show them how the area of interest looks from the air. Often the damage being done by some company - mining or logging - is not visible from the road. Similarly, the value of the land and the life on it may not be visible from the road. The aerial view is essential in making planning decisions. The pilots who participate are immensely generous people, donating their skills and time to make LightHawk's work possible.
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I read reports of LightHawk's work and am happy to have wonderful places protected and dreadful places cleaned up as a result of giving a true view of the situation to people who can do something about it.
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