Matt Sampson Photography

Prints for Environmental Stewardship


Ever since my journey in photography started, I've been drawn to photograph wild, natural places. Some of my earliest memories as a child are engaging with the outdoor world—fishing with my grandfather and Dad in Western Colorado and hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park with my family.

Although I feel a deep connection to these natural places and have always wanted to support their protection, I have done very little to improve the wellbeing of this natural world that I love so much.

Visitors to public lands (hikers, skiers, mountain bikers, boaters, etc.) impose a huge impact and threat to the delicate ecosystems in these environments—trampling vegetation and animal habitats, accidentally introducing exotic non-native species, habituating wildlife to human foods and human presence, and damaging archaeological sites. 

I am not a conservationist—but at this time I feel compelled to help relieve the stress we inflict on our public lands and natural environment. The truth is, we all should be doing more to counteract our impact on these natural places to ensure that these beautiful places stick around for future generations to enjoy.


Now, 50% of all net profits from my online print sales will be donated to nonprofit organizations whose missions are to protect wildlife and public lands and help maintain a clean environment.


Organizations I Support:

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers seeks to ensure North America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters.

Decades have passed since President Ronald Reagan signed the last significant wilderness bill. Today, with the increased pressures of natural resource extraction and continued threats to the high-quality hunting and angling experience, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is taking a leadership role in advocating for the conservation of wild places.


National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation believes America’s experience with cherished landscapes and wildlife has helped define and shape our national character and identity for generations. Protecting these natural resources is a cause that has long united Americans from all walks of life and political stripes. To hunters, anglers, hikers, birders, wildlife watchers, boaters, climbers, campers, cyclists, gardeners, farmers, forest stewards, and other outdoor enthusiasts, this conservation ethic represents a sacred duty and obligation to protect and build upon our conservation heritage for the sake of wildlife, ourselves, our neighbors, and—most of all—for future generations.

The National Wildlife Federation aims to increase America’s fish and wildlife population and expand their capacity, protect wildlife habitats by restoring damaged habitats (including protected lands, working lands, waterways, coasts, and communities), transforming wildlife conservation by advancing wildlife management, and fighting for issues such as climate change and wildlife diseases.


Sierra Club Foundation

Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization—with three million members and supporters. The organization's successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, they've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.


The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land works to protect the places people care about and to create close-to-home parks—particularly in and near cities, where 80 percent of Americans live. Our goal is to ensure that every child has easy access to a safe place to play in nature. We also conserve working farms, ranches, and forests; lands of historical and cultural importance; rivers, streams, coasts, and watersheds; and other special places where people can experience nature close at hand.


The Nature Conservancy

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Their vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.

The Nature Conservancy takes a scientific approach to conservation, setting goals that describe the results it wants to achieve for biodiversity. The Nature Conservancy sets both long-term and near-term goals for conserving the abundance and geographic distribution of critical species and ecological systems. The organization's overall goal is to ensure the long-term survival of all biodiversity on Earth


Union of Concerned Scientists

The Union of Concerned Scientists develop and implement innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems—from combating global warming and developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves, to fighting misinformation, advancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war.

The Wilderness Society

Since 1935, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect nearly 110 million acres of wilderness in 44 states and has been at the forefront of nearly every major public lands victory.

The Wilderness Society's mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. They contribute to better protection, stewardship and restoration of our public lands, preserving our rich natural legacy for current and future generations.