Atman (left) and M. Yani are ethnic Melayu, descendants of seafaring Malays who came to Borneo long ago and who converted to Islam in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. They tap the jelutung or swamp rubber tree, which is different from both the local rubber tree and introduced Brazilian rubber trees, which grow on drier sites. They legally tend a hundred and twenty wild trees scattered along seventeen trails that wind through the Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve. Each day they traverse one trail, collecting about fifteen kilos of sap, which they strain through a cloth and store in a barrel. When the barrel is full, they cease stirring the sap and allow it to harden. Ultimately they remove the staves and strapping of the barrel to reveal an eighty-kilogram cylinder of latex, worth not quite forty dollars. Twenty days of work in a month will earn close to one hundred and fifty dollars for their two families. The cessation of logging in Lamandau has benefited them, for the jelutung is much sought after by loggers.

Jason Houston

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Jason Houston has worked in visual communication for over 20 years, much of the time as an independent photographer / filmmaker doing magazine and NGO assignments as well as related long-term personal projects on social and environmental issues. Recent subjects include deforestation in Borneo, watershed conservation in the Peruvian Amazon, fisheries in the Sea of Cortez, and agricultural heritage on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. His work has appeared in large market outlets such as The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Photo District News, Discover, Time, Business Week, The Nature Conservancy, Slow Food, Audubon, TEDx Manhattan, and the United Nations, as well as boutique outlets like Gastronomica, Culture, Orion, Day Light, The Drake, and Bike. He has photographed several books, including recently Reclaiming Our Food: How the grassroots food movement is changing the way we eat (Storey Publishing, 2011), which documented community-based food programs across the country and was named one of the "Top 10 Books on the Environment" in 2012 by the American Library Association's BooklistOnline.

From 2004-2012 Jason also served as picture editor for Orion magazine. In this role he often contributed as a guest/contributing editor, portfolio reviewer, juror, and curator to numerous publications and organizations across the country and around the world, including F-Stop Magazine, Fraction, FotoFest, Photolucida, International Center of Photography, The Aperture Foundation, The Lucie Awards, NY Photo Festival, Flash Forward (England), and Lishui International Photography Festival (China).

In 2008, with creative partner Hal Clifford, he founded the media production company, Take One Creative, to produce documentary films and provide story-driven communications content for clients led by their missions and passions. Their approach addresses the rapidly evolving media landscape where we're increasingly responsible for creating our own media for an increasingly savvy audience. Take One's work drives traffic online and has been featured at film festivals across the country including Mountainfilm, The Environmental Film Festival, Wild & Scenic, and Flickerfest (Australia).

Jason has exhibited widely and has lectured often on his work at venues including Mountainfilm, San Francisco Art Institute, Harvard, Yale, Duke, Williams College, The New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Nevada Museum of Art. He has also taught photography and storytelling workshops privately and for different organizations including the IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, and, with Hal, video workshops for Boulder Digital Arts, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and The HUB Boulder. In April 2013 he co-chaired and presented at the 2nd annual Collaborations for Cause conference in Portland OR. Jason is currently the first national board member for the Blue Earth Alliance where he has served as an advisor since 2008.