As of now, Lemonee on the Hills is me, just me, Melanie. I might be a small business, but I do believe that even small contributions can make a difference. If we all give back a little, in the end, it's big right? Simple. 

As the designer, maker, photographer, and owner of this business, I get my inspiration and motivation from the outdoors. It just felt natural to give back from where I receive so much.  I do believe in the conservation and preservation of the wilderness, so my children enjoy it as much as I do. Right now Lemonee on the Hills is:

Nature First, the Alliance for Responsible Photography: Nature First is built on seven core principles that help communicate how each of us can enjoy nature photography responsibly. The Seven Principles of Nature First Photography were developed to help educate and guide both professional and recreational photographers in sustainable, minimal impact practices that will help preserve nature’s beautiful locations.

  1. Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.

  2. Educate yourself about the places you photograph.

  3. Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.

  4. Use discretion if sharing locations.

  5. Know and follow rules and regulations.

  6. Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.

  7. Actively promote and educate others about these principles

Member of Keep Tahoe Blue. I've had the pleasure to volunteer, and meet great people during a water testing event. Also loved attending their presentation at one of Basecamp Hotel with my kiddos about plastic pollution in our ocean from @5gyres. Hopefully, I'll get more time like these.
1% of my sales go to Keep Tahoe Blue: Advocate, Educate, Collaborate. The League is a solutions-based organization, focused on advocating for sensible environmental standards backed by science and monitoring, devoted community engagement, grassroots involvement, and a collective ideology of working together to Keep Tahoe Blue. 

Lemonee on the Hills make regular donations to the Tree Planting National Forest Program. And I, Melanie, on a personal level have started contributing to the visibility of the National Forest with my writing and photography.