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LightHawk
March 20, 2011

I'm a retired Delta Air Lines pilot and have flown for Light Hawk for 7 years. I used to say, boy, if the people making decision could see what I see from the air, they would do things differently. Now I'm flying at 1000 feet above the ground instead of 30,000 feet and both my passengers and I get to experience the unique perspective of environmental issues from the air. Whether it's photo journalists or decision makers that come along, they all walk away with a greater sense of the big picture; how the landscape ties together and how important it is to see that bigger picture vs. just focusing on their own area of interest. I've flown all over Colorado and even made a trip up to the Three Rivers area of the NE Yukon to help the First Nation tribe decide what should be set aside for mining and what should be preserved. Just as my passengers do, I learn from every flight and I am happy to donate my time, my airplane and pay for all the expenses. It is my opportunity to give back and to make a difference in the health of our planet. I'm proud to be a part of an organization that operates out of virtual offices, for the most part, to maximize the dollars contributed while arranging flights for our environmental partners.

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Environmental issues some times take years to play out. However, I've seen an unwise development stopped in its tracks at the top of Wolf Creek pass and seen the Klamath River accord come to fruition.

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No changes are needed. Doing the right thing in the right way.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I recently flew CSU researchers down to the Pinon Canyon area of SE Colorado to assess juniper forests. A 4 hour flihgt would have taken several days to do on the ground.

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