April 26, 2018
NYU Washington, DC, in partnership with Rock Creek Conservancy, hosted the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. NYU DC was the only location in the District that showed a screening of this nation-wide film festival.
This screening featured films of all lengths and styles that covered multiple topics, from climate change to environmental justice.
There was also a panel discussion on women in the outdoors featuring Stephanie Flack, former executive director of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Jeanne Braha, executive director of Rock Creek Conservancy, Deborah Landau, conservation ecologist at the MD/DC Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and April Martin, co-chair of DC EcoWomen.
Along with the screening and panel, there was a contest with prizes from Patagonia, Parks Project, Peak Design, and Sportsrock Climbing Centers.
Jeanne Braha is the new executive director for Rock Creek Conservancy. She was previously the Director of Foundation Relations with the Student Conservation Association (SCA). Before working with the SCA, she worked as the Project Director of Public Engagement at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She was also the Bridging the Watershed Program Director at the Alice Ferguson Foundation.
Stephanie Flack is an environmental consultant who applies over 20 years of experience in the conservation and non-profit world to her work advising organizations in strategic planning and management. In nearly two decades with The Nature Conservancy, Stephanie served as a planner and project director, securing millions of dollars to create and implement priority projects and programs. Before that, she served as a long-term consultant with The World Bank focused on biodiversity conservation and natural resource management in Africa. Stephanie most recently served as Executive Director of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, the largest and longest running convening of its type.
Deborah has been the Conservation Ecologist for the Maryland/DC Chapter of The Nature Conservancy since 2001. Her work focuses on restoration at more than 30 Conservancy preserves across Maryland/DC and reaching into West Virginia. Her projects include planting native trees; controlling invasive species; returning natural processes to the landscape (such as fire through controlled burns and water flow through hydrologic restoration); increasing forest resiliency, and monitoring how plants, animals, and natural communities respond to these conservation actions.
April D. Martin attended Notre Dame of Maryland University, an all-women’s liberal arts school in Baltimore, Maryland where she received her BA in International Business. She received her Masters of Liberal Arts from John Hopkins University in 2002.
April's professional interest include business development, youth development and environmental stewardship, women's healthcare, and regional philanthropy. She is an alumni of the Environmental Leadership Program and the Aspen Socrates Program. She currently volunteers with several nonprofits and serves as Co-Chair on DC EcoWomen board.
Rock Creek Conservancy exists to restore Rock Creek and its parklands as a natural oasis for all people to appreciate and protect.
Rock Creek Conservancy is the only organization dedicated solely to Rock Creek and its parks. The creek meanders 33 miles through the Washington metropolitan area, crossing federal lands as well as district, city, county, and state boundaries. Although parkland borders much of the creek, the surrounding development threatens the health and beauty of these natural areas. Rock Creek Conservancy is uniquely positioned to foster outreach, education, and efforts to overcome threats to Rock Creek.
The Conservancy works through a combination of education and advocacy. Their strategy is to build partnerships with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and residents to work together to preserve Rock Creek for present and future generations.
Rock Creek Conservancy is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service and files IRS Form 990 each year.
SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspires people to heal the earth. Wild & Scenic is a call to action. Festival-goers are transformed into activists dedicated to saving our threatened planet.
These environmental and adventure films illustrate the Earth’s beauty. They also show the challenges facing our planet and the communities working to protect it.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival raises resources for SYRCL to recover California’s wild salmon and protect the Yuba River. In addition, SYRCL’s Film Festival On Tour is a national platform for environmental advocacy.