Derek Reich has been a freelance photographer for close to 30 years, working for every major news network as well as National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery and many others. Still photography is his passion and hobby, specializing in nature and landscape. In the late 90s he met Doug and Lynne Seus who sparked his interest in grizzly bears and his desire to help with conservation efforts. Derek has been an advisory member to Vital Ground for over a decade and has contributed many images to a variety of Vital Ground’s projects. Derek was the director of photography for the Animal Planet series “Growing Up Grizzly,” featuring the Sues’ with Honey Bump and Bart. His involvement with grizzly bears led him to meet and eventually marry wildlife biologist Heather Reich, and work by her side in the field of grizzly bear conservation and management for five years with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Derek still contributes his time and footage to Vital Ground and consults with media to ensure responsible messages in shows about bears.