Ben Raines could probably spend all day talking about this bog—it's how Alabama looked before development.
"The sun is setting on unprotected portions of our coast habitats so now is the time and it seemed like the right time for me to get into that," says Raines. His last day as environmental editor at the Press-Register was Wednesday. Thursday he started his new job as Executive Director for the Weeks Bay Foundation. The foundation raises money to secure spots of Alabama land for conservation. This is a change of gears for Ben Raines, now he doesn't just look at the issues he cares about he can do something about them.
"I was sometimes jealous of people who could take the next step and move beyond reporting or showing a problem and begin shaping the fix," says Raines. He leaves behind more than a decade of environmental reporting staying on top of big stories like the gulf oil disaster
"Covering it was the biggest challenge I faced dodging the truth in a lot of ways so that was a big deal," says Raines. This is just his second day on the job and he's got his hands full preparing for this weekend's Bald Eagle Bash--an annual fundraiser for the reserve. He'll continue to write environmental pieces for the Press Register and he is working on a documentary about Alabama's diverse ecosystem called "America's Amazon."
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