In May 2011, a team of Oklahoma photographers together with staff members of The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma, scientists, land and river managers, water officials, and river advocates explored important components of the Illinois River watershed in a three-day photographic survey.
This exploration created the Illinois River Survey: a collaborative, image-based conservation photography initiative organized by Oklahoma-based nature and conservation photographer, Kim Baker.
Baker began the project with the mission to create and use compelling photography that has the power to inform and change people’s minds about the need for preservation of the Illinois River.
"We hope this traveling exhibit will engage Oklahomans and increase public awareness about the need for conservation of the Illinois River," State Director Mike Fuhr said.
The survey focuses on the Illinois River's unique ecological communities with an emphasis on the natural benefits the river provides to people. Additionally, the survey explores the history and unique cultural heritage of the Illinois River to the region, local river communities and the city of Tahlequah.
The Illinois River Survey is currently on display at One Williams Tower Center in Tulsa until May 3, 2012. To learn more about the survey, visit http://www.oklacps.com.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.