Land and Livelihoods Conference

From September 24-26, the Western Landowner Alliance held the Land and Livelihoods Conference in Billings, Montana. Mike, and Sandhills Rancher, Sarah Sortum were able to present about the Platte Basin Timelapse project and what it means to live in the Nebraska Sandhills. For more information about the conference, visit their website:

 The Switzer and Sortum children looking through telescopes on the Switzer Ranch. (Mike Forsberg)

The Switzer and Sortum children looking through telescopes on the Switzer Ranch. (Mike Forsberg)

Summit Workshop 2018

It was another very successful year at the Summit’s Nature & Wildlife Workshop in Jackson, Wyoming. Thank you to all of the participants, staff, and faculty for making this possible. See you next year.


The Nature and Wildlife Workshop, also called Photography at the Summit, is the longest-running workshop in the Summit Series. It brings together a faculty of top international photographers and editors — many from National Geographic — and combines it with the beautiful setting of the Grand Tetons. Our faculty offers a wide-variety of photography knowledge, so a student may go shoot in the morning with an expert nature photographer, review their work in the afternoon with a professional editor, then go over their editing process with a tech expert.

The New Territory Magazine Issue 06

Big Sky Tourism: Nebraska's ecotourism industry learns lessons from Namibia

 Ornate box turtle tracks on the Switzer ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills. (Michael Forsberg) 

Ornate box turtle tracks on the Switzer ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills. (Michael Forsberg) 

Founded by a journalist in 2015, The New Territory is a quarterly print magazine. Its mission is to cultivate connections among the land, people and possibilities of the Lower Midwest.

In Issue 06 of the New Territory Magazine Mike's images were featured in an article about a ranching family in the Nebraska Sandhills taking lessons they learned in Namibia about ecotourism and applying them on their ranch. 

To purchase this issue of the magazine or subscribe to upcoming issues check out their website:

Follow the Water Documentary Premiere

Join Mike Forsberg and Pete Stegen at the three,
Follow the Water premieres across Nebraska this summer

Follow the Water is a NET Nebraska production about Mike Forsberg and Pete Stegen's two-month, 1300-mile traverse across the Platte Basin. They traveled the landscape by bike, foot, and canoe. This was all in effort to explore this critical water source and to show how it intersects with the lives of those who live in this 90,000-square mile watershed in the heart of North America. It will tell the story of the Platte River Basin as Mike and Pete journey through the watershed - meeting dedicated conservationists, giving voice to the land and wildlife, seeing whats at stake, exploring the Platte Basin Timelapse project, and more.

"If you want to find where the power lies, follow the money. If you want to find where life is, follow the water."

Where does your water come from? 

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Sunday, June 3, 2018
6:00 p.m. CT
The World Theatre
2318 Central Ave.
Kearney, NE 68847
No registrations are required for this FREE screening. 

Sunday, July 8, 2018
7:00 p.m. MT
The Midwest Theater
1707 Broadway
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Register to attend this FREE screening event here.

Thursday, July 12, 2018
6:00 p.m. CT
Fontenelle Forest
1111 Bellevue Blvd N.
Bellevue, NE 68005
Register to attend this FREE screening event here.

Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography


We are delighted to announce that Mike has received the 2017 Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography. This award, given by the Sierra Club, honors an individual who has made a superlative use of still photography to further a conservation cause. Mike's work focuses heavily on photographing the Great Plains of North America, one of the most endangered ecosystems on Earth. Through his photography, he hopes to shine a light on the often over looked or forgotten species that call this region home. 

Mike will be accepting this award in Washington DC on September 15, 2017.

Nebraska Forever Stamp - Framed Collector's Editions are now in!

Available now.  Mike's image  "Evening Passage - Sandhill Cranes" was selected by the United States Postal Service as a Forever Stamp in celebration of Nebraska Statehood 150th Birthday. We are very honored to be part of the celebration.


SUMMIT WORKSHOPS - Great Bear Rainforest

 Photo by Melissa Groo 

Photo by Melissa Groo 

Join Michael Forsberg and Melissa Groo as they lead a small, select group of intrepid travelers into the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. This is a tour for photographers who are looking for a new way of approaching nature photography, both in an aesthetic and storytelling way. Photography has the power to tell a story and to affect conservation. Although we may see and photograph bears (black bears and grizzly bears), this tour is not about getting frame-filling shots of bears; it’s about engaging with and documenting the countless things that make up this ecosystem, from the large, luminous jellyfish, to the fin of a humpback whale scything the water, to the salmon skeletons found deep in the forest, picked clean. We’ll photograph sweeping vistas of valleys carved by glaciers, and gigantic hemlock trees dripping with “old man’s beard.” We will venture deep into old-growth rainforest, guided by expect trackers who will point out to us the plants and animals that make this ecosystem so special, and we’ll trek into valleys marked by meadows of wildflowers and meandering streams. Back at the lodge we’ll spend time with the First Nations people that are working hard to conserve this area, discovering what the threats are what they’re doing to combat them. Throughout all of this, we’ll talk and think about making pictures that touch on conservation principles applicable to any situation. 

Participants will be expected to know the basics about their camera gear. The instructors will always be available to answer any and all questions, and will work as time permits one on one with people in the field or lodge, but there will not be formal group instruction on camera use or photo processing.

Participants need to be in good physical condition. This means that they are able to walk up to 3 or 4 miles carrying their chosen equipment, snacks, water. They should be able to clamber in and out of boats on their own, and cope with maneuvering often slippery rocks at the shoreline. They should be able to handle being on small boats sometimes on choppy water for up to two hours at a time. 

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