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Film Highlights Conservationists' Diversity

This documentary complicates what can seem like a stark partisan divide on the environment, highlighting the many heartland residents who do conservation work.
August 20, 2017, 7am PDT | Philip Rojc | @PhilipRojc
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Those who've ventured beyond the big city bubble know that conservationists don't always fit the "environmentalist" stereotype. "Upending partisan stereotypes about environmentalists, Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman profiles land-owning Americans who don't call themselves environmentalists—but are behind some of the most important conservation work in the country."

According to Kristina Kutateli, the documentary "turns its lens specifically toward the Great Plains farmers and Gulf Coast fishermen who rely on the environment for their livelihoods [...] Some 70 percent of voters in Western states, including Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming, consider themselves conservationists."

Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman is based on journalist Miriam Horn's book of the same name. 

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Published on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 in Pacific Standard
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