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In Defense of Plants exists to cure plant blindness around the globe. We are doing this one video at a time.
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The Cascade Mountains are breathtaking in their grandeur. Stretching from southern British Columbia down to northern California, these rugged peaks were forged by the Pacific Ocean's Ring of Fire. What's more, their volcanic legacy has shaped this region of North America for millennia. The Cascades are home to a bewildering array of flora, from towering coniferous forests to lush alpine meadows. The native plant life of the Cascades is as beautiful as it is tenacious. Sadly, climate change is affecting mountainous regions at a much faster rate than lowland habitats. As favorable climate zones move up these slopes, countless species are losing ground as they are literally being pushed off the tops of their mountain homes. There is nowhere for a plant to go once they reach the summit. For this reason and so many more it is important to document mountain floras and that is exactly what In Defense of Plants is setting out to do. We are asking for your support so that we can set off into the Cascades to film these botanical wonders as they exist today. This is a mere snapshot in time but it will serve as both a reminder as well as an inspiration to work harder to protect the plants that support life on this planet. Without them, we have nothing. Help us bring the world a botanical documentary worthy of the Cascade Mountain Range.

 

Grant and Matt filming on location
Grant and Matt filming on location

 

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Filming in the wild is never easy. You are at the mercy of whatever the elements throw your way. This is especially true in any mountainous habitat. We are no strangers to these conditions. We have visited many wonderfully unique and challenging environments to capture plants on film. This past year we produced another mountain documentary about a small corner of the southern Appalachian Mountains. We have managed to streamline most of our equipment in order to deal with rough terrain and long hours exposed to the elements. We pride ourselves on the efficiency and sustainability of our production process. This is environmental filming at its best - RAW.

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