JACKSON, Wyo. — Two Jackson residents hit the spotlight in a new short film highlighting the importance of the Wyoming sage grouse.
Both ambassadors for the Wyoming Wildlife Federation (WWF), Jackson firefighter Sam Stein, and Jackson resident/former NHL star Bobby Holík took to the Wyoming prairie to speak about their passion for sage grouse in the new short film, “Worth Protecting“.
“These birds are an identity of Wyoming,” said Stein.
Sportsmen and women who have wandered the vast sagebrush expanses of Wyoming looking for grouse know there’s nothing like the feeling of coming upon one during hunting season. Home to over 50% of the world’s population, there is no place like Wyoming to find these sage grouse in their naturally connected landscapes.
Thousands of upland hunters take to the sagebrush annually in Wyoming, but conserving critical habitat is crucial for the future of sage grouse hunting.
“If you don’t protect something, there won’t be anything to hunt,” said CZ-USA’s Bobby Holík. Bobby is an avid outdoorsman and former NHL player with two Stanley Cups, who joined WWF ambassador Sam Stein and the storytellers at Project Upland for the new film.
The film shows the crossroads of hunting and conservation, enjoying the recreational value of a species, as well as the necessity for protecting them.
The beautiful storytelling and cinematography found in “Worth Protecting” are sure to inspire anyone to walk the sagebrush for grouse and ensure those habitats remain for future generations to do the same.
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