Today staff from the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board took two flights with Mark Gaponoff, a volunteer pilot with LightHawk. The purpose of the flight was to take a look, from the air, at the impacts from last year’s Carlton Complex Fire from the ridge top to the river. The flight was coordinated by Board staff by working closely with staff from LightHawk, whose mission is to accelerate conservation success through the powerful perspective of flight.

Board staff coordinated photo and video capture of the flights with the Wenatchee World (Don Seabrook) and North 40 Productions (Nathan Getzin). Staff plan to work with Don and Nathan on compiling video and photo from the flights to tell the story of how the ecosystem is responding to the catastrophic fires 9 months ago.

The Board staff thank Mark for donating his time and airplane for the flight! We also thank Don and Nathan for their time, as well as Christine with LightHawk to help us put all of the pieces together for a beautiful day in the air.