David Arthur Ramsey has been photographing the land and life of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains for three decades. HIs work has been published in local, regional and national publications, particularly for the purpose of conservation advocacy. That advocacy and his powerful images have contributed to the vital work of such organizations as the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Blue Ridge Forever, Southern Conservation Partners, Trout Unlimited, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation, the U.S. Forest Service and others.
In 2011 David was selected as National Hero of Conservation by Field and Stream Magazine and Toyota Motor Co. for his leadership in the long struggle to preserve the 10,000-acre Rocky Fork watershed in northeastern Tennessee, which was then the largest unprotected tract of its kind in the Appalachian Mountains. In 2012 he was chosen as a Conservationist of the Year finalist by Budweiser and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
David is a native of northeastern Tennessee where he resides with his family in the Nolichucky River Valley at the foot of the Blue Ridge. His pride in his mountain home is reflected in one of his photographs of the mountains of Unicoi County, which was selected as the 8x12 foot image for the entrance to the Voices of the Land exhibit at the East Tennessee HIstory Museum in Knoxville.
MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATIONS / SPEAKING APPEARANCES
David is widely known for his highly engaging and inspirational multi-media programs, featuring his captivating photography and stories from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Contact us via this site to book an appearance for your civic, outdoor, conservation, church or other organization.
Field and Stream Video #1
Hero of Conservation Award Video
Field and Stream Video #2