The Merrimack: River at Risk ~ Cast & Crew

Jerry Monkman, Director & Co-Producer

Jerry Monkman is a conservation photographer, filmmaker, and writer. While he has written 10 books and directed a feature-length documentary film, you will usually find him shooting nature and outdoor lifestyle imagery (stills and video) for non-profit, editorial, and commercial clients. His images, books, and films have told adventure- and conservation-themed stories for more than 20 years for clients such as The Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, National Geographic Adventure, L.L. Bean, and Timberland. Monkman and his wife, Marcy, run EcoPhotography, a Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based stock and assignment photo business and video production company. The company’s books include two National Outdoor Book Award winners: 2012’s The AMC Guide to Outdoor Digital Photography, and 2017’s Outdoor Adventures: Acadia National Park. Their work has appeared in publications worldwide including National Geographic Adventure, Audubon, Men’s Journal, The Washington Post, Outdoor Photographer, and Yankee Magazine. Jerry’s first feature-length film, The Power of Place, explores the potential impacts of a controversial energy project proposed for New Hampshire, and was an official selection of the 2015 New Hampshire Film Festival. He began working on The Merrimack: River at Risk in 2016.


Leah E. Hart, Host

Leah Hart is now a conservation easement steward with the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. She was a conservation easement steward with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests from 2015 to 2018. Previously, she held seasonal land stewardship and education positions with The Nature Conservancy and the Appalachian Mountain Club. A Lakes Region native, Hart is a graduate of St. Lawrence University.


Ryan Smith, Co-Producer

Ryan W. Smith is the communications manager for the Forest Society and the editor of Forest Notes, New Hampshire's conservation magazine. He is the founder and owner of Rooted In Light Media, specializing in creating authentic multimedia ranging from photography and content creation to large-scale video and branding initiatives.



The Forest Society’s documentary, The Merrimack: River at Risk, list of credits include directed by Jerry Monkman; produced by Jack Savage; written by Ryan Smith and Jerry Monkman; hosted by Leah Hart; cinematography by Jerry Monkman; sound recorded by Ethan Sager; second camera and gimbal operation by Miles Woodworth; second camera by Ryan Smith; production assistants include Michael Penney, Kirsten Gehl, and Emily Lord; edited by Jerry Monkman; motion graphics by Amy Larkin and Shaun Donnelly; and sound design and music research by Ethan Sager.