Forsberg receives national award from Sierra Club

Forsberg receives national award from Sierra Club

Michael Forsberg discusses a solar-powered digital camera that is used in the Platte Basin Timelapse project. Forsberg recently received the Ansel Adams Award from the Sierra Club.
Craig Chandler | University Communication
Michael Forsberg discusses a solar-powered digital camera that is used in the Platte Basin Timelapse project. Forsberg recently received the Ansel Adams Award from the Sierra Club.

Michael Forsberg, a wildlife and conservation photographer and assistant professor of practice in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, received the Ansel Adams Award from the Sierra Club at an awards ceremony Sept. 15 in Washington, D.C.

The Sierra Club is the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with 3 million members and supporters. Their Ansel Adams Award honors people who have made superlative use of still photography to further conservation. The award is named after famed nature photographer Adams.

Forsberg, a Nebraska native, has been a wildlife and conservation photographer for more than 20 years. His work is primarily based in North America’s Great Plains.

“It’s a tremendous honor to receive the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award, and I’m truly grateful,” Forsberg said. “Through my photography, I’ve tried to shine a light on conservation challenges and build appreciation for the often overlooked and forgotten native landscapes and species that make this grassland region home.”

Forsberg also has a courtesy appointment in the university’s School of Natural Resources and co-founded the Platte Basin Timelapse project with Michael Farrell. The project, which launched in 2011, is a partnership between Michael Forsberg Photography, the university’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Center for Great Plains Studies. As part of the project, time-lapse camera systems have been set up throughout the river basin to capture how water travels through the ecosystem. To learn more about the Platte Basin Timelapse, click here.

Sierra Club President Loren Blackford (left), with Ansel Adams Award winner Michael Forsberg and Michael Blume, executive director of the Sierra Club.