LightHawk's mission is to champion environmental protection through the unique perspective of flight.
A healthy planet
We value the earth and the living things that depend upon it.
We value action. We are compelled to protect the health of our water, air, and land, and to sustain the diverse ecosystems that comprise the earth.
The aerial perspective
We value the unique view of the earth provided by flight. The information and images gathered from above help inform and educate. They also serve as checks and balances to monitor those who safeguard our natural resources.
We value problem-solving approaches that consider the needs of human society and the natural world.
We value the organizations and individuals that strive in responsible ways to protect the earth, including its natural places, its flora and its fauna. We value collaborative problem solving approaches that engage partners in achieving individual and shared conservation goals.
Making a difference
We value our ability to make a difference in a conservation debate. This requires that we maintain an effective, flexible, and sustainable organization able to benefit from the contributions of our volunteers while remaining focused on our mission and goals.
We value safety in the air and on the ground.
LightHawk’s goal is to mobilize enough volunteer pilots, aircraft and resources to help tip the balance toward sustainability for every major environmental issue within our targeted areas of focus.
The success of LightHawk’s work must be measured to some extent by the progress achieved by our partner organizations and our involvement in achieving on-the-ground conservation goals such as legislative protections enacted, court decisions won, acres of habitat protected, river miles restored or media articles published. Intangible benefits also result from LightHawk’s efforts including increased awareness by decision-makers, stakeholders and the public, generating understanding and goodwill for conservation efforts. In addition to these qualitative factors, we compare our efforts from year to year by tracking quantitative measures including flight hours, missions flown, active partners and passengers flown.