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 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. I’ve been creating compelling photos and videos for conscious businesses and environmental nonprofit organizations for close to twenty years. I want to help make an even bigger impact and by disrupting the traditional creative model, I’m doing just that.


Business and Organization Partners

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Witness Tree Media partner 11th Hour Racing
Witness Tree Media partner Sierra Club
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Witness Tree Media partner National Forest Foundation
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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
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Witness Tree Media partner Lighthawk
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Witness Tree Media partner American Rivers
Witness Tree Media partner Bronx River Alliance
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New York City Witness 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 to watch New York City burn. Just like these trees, we are witnesses, living in historic times, with stories that need to be told.

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