Conservation Photographer Steven DeWitt of Witness Tree Media

Hey there, I’m Steven DeWitt, founder of Witness Tree Media. I’m a conservation photographer and filmmaker based in New York City. I’ve had some amazing adventures exploring the forests, rivers, oceans, deserts and plains of our incredible planet. My love for the big blue ball we’re spinning on runs pretty deep. So you won’t be surprised to learn that a tree changed the course of my life.

About twenty years ago when we were living in Colorado, I’d been linking powder turns in my local lodgepole pine forests for a few years when I started noticing the typically green needles on this foundational species turning red. I had no idea what I was about to witness. The growing climate crisis had sparked a chain reaction that upset the ecosystem’s natural balance and in a blink I found myself in a front row seat to one of the greatest deforestation events the Earth has ever seen.

Being witness to the destruction of the forests I’d fallen in love with had a profound impact on me and put me on the path toward conservation photography. We’re a species of visual learners and I understand the transformative power of photography and film to inspire positive change. So I started Witness Tree Media to help businesses and organizations who work hard to save the Earth reach more people with compelling photography and video.

Business and Organization Partners

Pew Charitable Trusts Logo
Witness Tree Media partner 11th Hour Racing
Witness Tree Media partner Sierra Club
Recreation Dot Gov Logo
Earth Island Journal Logo
Witness Tree Media partner National Forest Foundation
Associated Press Logo
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Witness Tree Media partner Eagle River Watershed Council
Witness Tree Media partner Union of Concerned Scientists
Witness Tree Media partner Billion Oyster Project
Patagonia Logo
Witness Tree Media partner Lighthawk
Conservation Colorado Logo
5280 Magazine Logo
Witness Tree Media partner American Rivers
Witness Tree Media partner Bronx River Alliance
Outside Magazine Logo
Wilderness Society Logo

Colorado lodgepole pine tree

what’s a witness tree?

Witness trees are living trees that have been witness to historic events. These silent historians are everywhere and can be found in some pretty unexpected places like the massive English Elm called The Dinosaur that General Washington stood under on the night of September 21, 1776 watching New York City burn. Just like these trees, we are witnesses, living in historic times, whose stories need to be told.

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