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New Exhibit on the Great Plains and Conservation Opens at Museum

New Exhibit on the Great Plains and Conservation Opens at Museum photo 7/24/2015 4:35:48 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

Landscape and conservation photographer Michael Forsberg traveled more than 100,000 miles across the Great Plains, from Canada to Mexico, photographing the wildlife, habitats and conservation challenges of much of this unknown flatland.  His four year project resulted in a stunning exhibit, “Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild – Photographs by Michael Forsberg”, which opens Thursday, July 30 at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame.  The opening reception that day at 5:30 p.m. is free to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

“Michael Forsberg’s photography is beautifully haunting,” says Dr. Darrell Beauchamp, director of the museum. “He has captured the magnificence of the Great Plains that many people think of as a wasteland.  Forsberg showcases, through his photographs, that all of us should be concerned for this land and the animals that live there.  We hope everyone will come out to see the works of a person many believe to be the premier naturalist photographer in the world.”

The exhibit features 60 giclee canvas, gallery-wrapped color photographs depicting wild creatures and breathtaking landscapes of one of the world’s greatest natural grasslands – a 1-million-square-mile network of ecosystems stretching from Canada to Mexico.  The exhibit causes visitors to understand that we must preserve this natural heritage.

Forsberg is a conservation photographer based in Lincoln, Nebraska.  On his website, Forsberg states, “I don’t want my kids or anyone else’s to grow up one day and only be able to appreciate the wonders of nature in a museum or read about it in a book or see it in a zoo. I feel we are blessed to be stewards of this planet, but in many cases we have forgotten that with this privilege comes responsibility.”  He is a charter member of the North American Nature Photographer’s Association, and received their Mission Award in 2009. 

A companion book, “Great Plains, America’s Lingering Wild” is available at the Museum Store.  The documentary film “Great Plains, America’s Lingering Wild” will be shown Sunday August 2 at 2pm.  The film takes viewers behind the scenes with Forsberg, in his wildlife blinds and his travels through the Great Plains.  The film is free to the public.

“Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild – Photographs by Michael Forsberg” will be on display at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame through November 10. 

For more information, contact the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame: 575-492-2678.

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