Montana rancher Dusty Crary works to preserve pristine, neighboring wilderness, championing efforts to prevent commercial development. Kansas farmer Justin Knopf defies conventional wisdom and implements controversial new practices to combat soil degradation and erosion. And Louisiana commercial fisherman Wayne Werner partners with fisheries regulators to help ensure a future for the red snapper upon which his business depends.
Based on The New York Times best-selling author Miriam Horn's recent book of the same name, Susan Froemke and John Hoffman's illuminating film spotlights these unlikely conservationists, stewards of the land and sea who don't fit preconceptions of environmentalists. Willing to face hostility from within their own communities by forging unexpected alliances with longtime enemies, these individuals show a commitment to work with—rather than against—nature. Driven by core American values of self-sufficiency, independence, and perseverance, they represent a largely unsung, yet passionate, movement of heartland conservationists committed to preserving the future of their livelihoods. In turn, their vital work safeguards the nation's wealth of natural resources for us all.
Susan Froemke is a nonfiction filmmaker and four-time Emmy Award winner with more than 30 films to her credit, including HBO's Academy Award–nominated LaLee’s Kin (2001), Grey Gardens (1976), and Wagner’s Dream (2012), which had a U.S. theatrical run before airing on PBS. Froemke recently co-directed Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012) with Matthew Heineman.
John Hoffman is Discovery's executive vice president of documentaries. He directed and executive-produced Sleepless in America and the Emmy-nominated The Weight of the Nation, and he produced HBO's Emmy-winning series Addiction and The Alzheimer’s Project. Hoffman oversaw the global premiere of the Emmy-nominated Racing Extinction. Under his direction, Discovery launched Discovery Impact, a slate of groundbreaking environmental documentaries.