Posts by Greg Kinman

by Greg Kinman | Posted Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Nothing inspires a person to conserve the earth’s beauty more than spending time in true wilderness. Josh, my supervisor, and I just returned from a ten-day off-trail backpacking trip through the upland wilderness of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in eastern Interior Alaska. We traveled by bush plane, landing on tall grass in an area near Copper Mountain and the upper Charley River.

by Greg Kinman | Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Here is our boat, tied up at the launch at Eagle. The bluff towers over the tiny village.

On my second patrol, June 18th-26th, my supervisor, Josh, and I embarked on a motorboat trip up and down the section of the Yukon River that lies within Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

by Greg Kinman | Posted Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Our helicopter sitting at the picturesque Eagle airstrip.

Now that you all know a bit about me from my first post, I’ll give you a description of my favorite day from my first patrol. From June 6th-12th, I was stationed out of the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve headquarters in Eagle, Alaska.

by Greg Kinman | Posted Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hello! I’m Greg, from Dallas, Texas, and I’m working as a Photo Media Intern for Alaska’s Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve this summer. I’m based out of Fairbanks, but I fly to the preserve, located in the eastern Alaskan Interior, for each of my four ten-day-or-so backcountry patrols.

Yes, I know that’s a long way to travel just for a summer internship.

Greg Kinman

Yukon-Charley Rivers, Alaska

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  • Position Title
    Photo Media Intern
  • Field Site Name
    Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Alaska
  • Hometown
    Dallas, TX
  • School
    Rice University
  • Major
    Electrical Engineering
  • Dream Job
    1) Adventure photography and/or cinematography a la Tyler Stableford’s work, or 2) Working as a research scientist on better understanding the brain and applying that understanding to developing better artificial intelligence and computing, or 3) Applying engineering principles to develop faster, safer, and more eco-friendly forms of transportation and power production that use renewable forms of energy
  • If I could pass a law…
    I would make it an extremely high priority to change the way America moves around. Fossil-fuel-driven automobiles are slow, unsafe, unhealthy, and they change the world’s climate in a way inconsistent with its natural cycles. Cities should be redesigned to facilitate walking, cycling, and metro and commuter rail, and new technologies, such as maglev trains, should be investigated and developed for inter-city travel.
  • The person who inspires me post is…
    Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • If I were a shape-shifter, I’d turn into…
    A bird. Being able to soar into the air to go anywhere, and on my own energy, too, would be just about the coolest thing ever.
  • Most memorable outdoor moment
    Helping nine younger kids to summit Truchas Peak (13,102’) from a ~10,000 camp, thus having them realize what they were capable of doing.
  • Favorite Song
    Uprising by Muse
  • Motto
    Get up and go. But take each day slowly — there are a limited number of them.

What forces, events, or influences in your life inspired you to become a conservationist? The beauty I’ve experienced in wilderness areas inspires in me a very strong reverence for the outdoors. It’s very special and important to me to preserve certain areas in the same way that they have been for thousands of years so that I and others after me can enjoy seeing them in their natural state. It’s also very important, especially in a place like Alaska, for practices such as subsistence hunting and fishing to be able to continue. Certain remote communities depend on living off the land for food and resources, and it is important that they have that land reserved for them.

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