Nygren Wetland Preserve video wins third place in national contest

Staff Report

The Natural Land Institute has announced that a video about their Nygren Wetland Preserve in Rockton won third place out of 75 submissions in a national video contest conducted by the Land Trust Alliance. The Video, “Land is My Sustenance”, was created and submitted by Curt Johnsen of Rockford. Johnsen asked that his third place prize money of $1000 be awarded to the National Land Institute.

LTA praised his video “for the passionate sense of place that it evokes and the compelling, personal stories it shares.”

“Curt was able to capture the individual stories of our volunteers and weave them together with images of the preserve and music that stirs your emotions” said Kerry Leigh, NLI’s Executive Director.

This was the first video contest that Land Trust Alliance, a national organization of conservation land trusts, has coordinated. The theme of the video contest, “Land is My…”, was used as a way to encourage people from local communities all over the United States to engage with their land trusts and talk about what land means to them.

First place in the contest was awarded to Stephen Ramirez from San Marcos, Texas. The designated land trust that he selected for the $10,000 grand prize is Texas Land Conservancy. The second place winner is Caleb Howard from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Bur Oak Land Trust in Cedar Rapids was his designated land trust. For more information about the winners and the contest visit the LTA website at landtrustalliance.org/blog/we-have-winner.

To watch the Land is My Sustenance and other videos about Nygren Wetland Preserve visit naturalland.org/Nygren_Wetland_Video.html. For more information about Natural Land Institute visit their website at naturalland.org or call 815-964-6666 or send an email to info@naturalland.org.

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