With a keen intellect, sharp wit and twinkle in his eye, Bert Raynes inspires citizens to observe and care about their wild neighbors. Bird watchers and nature lovers have been eagerly reading Bert’s column, “Far Afield,” for more than three decades. Now, this new half-hour documentary, Far Afield: A Conservation Love Story, reveals Bert – a force for nature – to the world.
“Bert is the personification of conservation in Jackson Hole. He is the connective tissue binding Jackson Hole’s extraordinary conservation history to its 21st century future. For 40 years, Bert’s work and passion has been to bring together people and the natural world around them. This aligns perfectly with Charture’s focus on co-thriving, the state in which human communities and the natural environments around them simultaneously flourish.”
The idea for the film came from Jonathan Schechter and JenTen Productions was selected to create the documentary for Charture Institute and 1% for the Tetons. “We specialize in Jackson Hole icons – first The Stagecoach Bar and now Bert Raynes,” said Jennifer Tennican with a smile.
“Bert Raynes is already comparable to a great green mythological figure, the likes of which we will not see again in our lifetimes. The fact that he resides in Jackson Hole, one of the crucibles of the American conservation movement, only elevates his mystique. He is Jackson Hole’s own version of The Lorax.”