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The Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan—a wide-ranging policy blueprint “to improve quality of life for Oxford’s current and future generations”—provides an entry point to foster entrepreneurialism, create jobs for youth, ensure access to locally grown food, and it provides gathering places for the people in the community.

Pull back the view further, and these initiatives join an even longer list of core goals and values—from preserving and protecting healthy ecosystems to cutting waste and promoting resource recovery—that make up the complete Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan. In all, the plan contains 17 primary objectives and more than 70 prescribed actions to achieve them, grouped under three pillars: economy, community, and environment.

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• Photography produced for this organization was used to turn the technical academic sustainability plan into a visual narrative that the community could easily relate to

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Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition (SOS) is working to restore wild salmon to the Snake River basin by advocating for the removal of four high-cost low-value dams on the lower Snake River, which currently impede salmon from traveling from the ocean back to their home rivers where they spawn. Neil’s Snake basin photos were displayed in the U.S. Capitol, journalism conferences, and public receptions in the Northwest where his artwork brought the beauty and value of imperiled Snake River salmon to decision-makers, reporters, and the general public. His stunning pictures have been instrumental is demonstrating to elected officials and the public that the habitat is there to support the return of wild salmon and Steelhead to the Snake River basin—if we give them a chance to get there.

Sam Mace, Inland Northwest Director, Save Our Wild Salmon